Friday, January 9, 2015

Special: Premium 3'x3' Grow Tent Set-Up

A month and a half ago we set up a 3'x3' Gorilla Grow Tent in our Nyack store to show that you can create any growing environment you want at any time of the year when gardening indoors.  Here we are in January, with full tomato development.  Here is our display:

3'x3'x7'11" Gorilla Grow Tent (with 12" height extension) fully outfitted.

Nano San Marzano tomatoes (Grown from seed - imported from Italy from Arthur Ave. in the Bronx)

Cluster of tomatoes, in January in NY!



The tomatoes are growing in Air-Pot #3's.  We usually wouldn't recommend growing tomatoes in anything smaller than a 5 gallon container because they could outgrow their containers and get root bound, however Air-Pots allow the roots to breathe and be air-pruned which gives you a larger, denser root system without the root spiraling.  Paired with Canna Coco (the growing medium we're using), plants can thrive in smaller containers.

Special: This entire premium set-up (brand new, not the items we used for our display) including all of the top-of-the-line, name-brand hardware you see here except for the Air-Pots: $1099.00 (20% savings)
Entire set-up, including Air-Pots, Saucers, 1 Bag of Canna Coco, Full line of 1 Liter Canna Coco Nutrients & Additives (Coco A+B, Cannazym, Rhizotonic, PK13/14, Cannaboost) : $1370.00
All Gorilla Grow Tents: 10% Off



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Schedule


 Wishing all of you happy holidays and a healthy and successful 2015!  




Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Week Schedule


Our schedule for the upcoming week is:

Monday - Open Normal Hours
Tuesday - Open Normal Hours
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday - Closed
Friday - Closed
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed
Monday 12/1 - Open Normal Hours

Wishing all of you and your families a happy Thanksgiving!




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Very Important Tips For Double Ended Lamp Installation

Double ended lights are by far the most productive plant lighting technology on the market right now and people are having great results with them.  The double ended lamps are definitely unique, though, and not what we're accustomed to seeing or using.  The first time setting up a double ended lighting system can be a bit confusing when you've only used the conventional mogul-base bulbs in the past.  Here are a few tips to avoid having a potential problem:


This is a double ended lamp.  It doesn't have a threaded base that screws into a normal mogul socket.  It has two braided wires coming off of either side of it.  These lamps are made of quartz so you NEED TO WEAR GLOVES WHEN HANDLING.  Unlike normal High Pressure Sodium and Metal Halide bulbs, you cannot touch the glass on these bulbs with bare hands.  If you get moisture or oil from your fingers on quartz glass, when the bulb heats up it can heat up the oil and cause the bulb to break.



This is how the double ended lamps sit in their sockets.  The "flat" ends must sit flat inside of the bracket (not straight up and down at a 90 degree angle).  The metal wires NEED TO BE STRAIGHT.  They bend very easily so if you notice they are bent or curved, bend them back into place so they are straight.  They must sit inside of the two pieces of metal (see diagram) and make full contact with the two pieces of metal.  In this diagram, the wires are bent slightly and VERY CLOSE to NOT making full contact.  If full contact is not made, arcing will occur.  When an electrical current arcs, heat is built up and you can burn or melt your fixture or, even worse, START A FIRE.  After making sure that the wires are in place, slide the socket FULLY forward until it can't slide anymore.  



This is what can happen if your lamp is improperly installed.  In this case, the wires did not make full contact with the metal and the socket was not slid 100% forward to hold the bulb in place.  The electrical current arced, burnt up the lamp and melted the socket.  This is the best case scenario, it could have been much worse.  



This is an installation diagram that comes with the AC/DE Reflectors from Sunlight Supply.  

This is the most important piece of advice: take an extra minute to make sure your lamp is properly installed.




Customer Photo: NYC Apartment Grow Room

One of our customers sent us this photo of his grow room in his Manhattan apartment.  We're impressed!  Another example of how anything is possible with indoor gardening.




Monday, November 3, 2014

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: CANNA COCO BRICKS


Canna Coco (the best-selling premium coco coir growing medium) is now available in a brick.  Same superior quality as their bags of Coco, only more compact and easy to transport.  Each 40 Liter package comes with 2 bags that contain one brick each.  Each brick expands when wet to 20 Liters (approximately 7.5 dry gallons) and can easily be broken in half for 10 Liter portions.  This product is the perfect solution for people who want the ease of transportation of a coco brick but without sacrificing the quality of their coco medium itself, plus it is very cost-effective.  Visit Canna's website for a more in-depth look. 




Monday, October 27, 2014

In-Store: Banana Tree

If you've been to our Nyack location any time over the past fourteen years, you've probably seen our Dwarf Cavendish banana tree.  It's growing in the front of the shop in a General Hydroponics MegaFarm that we converted a few years ago to a water-force recirculating system (instead of the standard air-force drip system).  We've gotten bananas a few times in the past but it's always been very sporadic due to our fluctuating climate in the store.  Back in June it started to flower again and today we started to harvest.  We have local, New York-grown bananas!  Hydroponics and indoor gardening make ANYTHING possible.

In bloom.

2 1/2 hands left to harvest.

First four bananas harvested.