Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Why Plants Stretch and How to Avoid it.

A common concern we hear from customers is that their plants are stretching: getting tall and skinny, bending or falling over, random branch spurts that lead to an uneven canopy, large spaces between internodes (which will cause a lower production of fruit due to less branches and flowering sites on a taller plant).  There are many causes of this, the most common being:

- Not enough light, or the light is too far away.  When plants aren't getting the light that they need, they stretch out in search of it.  If your light source is too far away, your plants will grow quickly towards it, causing long, thin stems and branches that won't be able to support heavy fruit.  With HID lights, a good rule of thumb is to keep them around 18" from the canopy.  Fluorescent lights can be kept closer because they're not as intense and don't produce as much heat, so 7-12" is usually safe.  A very basic way to judge where to keep your grow light is to put your hand at the height of the plant canopy.  If your hand gets uncomfortably hot under the light, so will the plants.  Raise it higher.  If you notice any bleaching of the leaves, you know your light is still too close.

Tomato plants stretching for light: notice the thin stems and uneven growth.

The plants on the outside edges of this tent are much taller than those directly under the light because the light isn't spreading far enough to cover them, so they stretch to get closer.  

- Heat.  Plants tend to stretch (or "bolt") when the temperature gets too high for them.  They do this in an attempt to cool themselves off: the more surface area they have, the more they can transpire.  They can also grow odd-looking shoots at the tops in an attempt to protect themselves from the source of the heat (outdoors: the sun, indoors: your grow lights), and then eventually go to seed.  Never let your garden get too hot or let your lights get too close.

This is supposed to be a tight head of lettuce, but apparently it got too hot.

- Over-crowding.  Plants that are too close to each other fight for light and space, which leads to stress and an uneven canopy.  A garden with less plants, where each one has room to grow and branch without touching other plants, will usually yield more than a packed garden.  The actual number of plants isn't something to be too concerned about, quantity doesn't equal quality.

Here is a good example of an overcrowded grow tent of tomatoes: the canopy is uneven because they're fighting for space and light! 


We will be closed Thursday, November 26th through Sunday, November 29th for Thanksgiving.  We will reopen Monday, November 30th.  

We hope all of you and your families have a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

From Canna: Win a Trip to Amsterdam

Visit the Canna website, read an article and watch some videos, then take a quiz on their Coco growing medium.  You can win a free trip to Amsterdam or other prizes like free nutrients, bags and bricks of Coco, Canna gear, etc.

Friday, October 23, 2015


We will be closed Saturday, October 24th for the Maximum Yield Indoor Gardening Expo in Boston.  We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If any of you would like to attend, here is a link to a free ticket for Sunday:  http://www.indoorgardenexpo.com/ticket/  (to automatically download the ticket, use this link:  http://www.indoorgardenexpo.com/?wpdmdl=3635)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Open Sesame, Beastie Bloomz and Cha Ching - New 15 lb. Size

Foxfarm's three popular solubles now come in a larger 15 lb. size.  MSRP is $164.95 which works out to be $11.00/lb, for a huge savings.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Still Fighting the Heat?

This summer has been pretty hot and it's not over yet.  If you're still struggling to get your temperatures under control, think about installing a mini split air conditioner.  The DIY units from Ideal Air come with their lines pre-charged with refrigerant, so installation can be done by you, without the need to hire a professional HVAC technician.  The compressor is installed outside or in a VERY well-ventilated space/garage, while the head is mounted to a wall inside of your room.  These particular units are available in 12,000, 24,000 or 36,000 BTU models.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule & Summer Hours

We will be closed Saturday, May 23rd - Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day Weekend.  We will reopen Tuesday, May 26th.

This weekend also marks the beginning of our summer hours:

From Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend, both stores will be open Monday-Friday and closed Saturday & Sunday.  If you can't make it to the shop during our normal weekday hours, please give us a call and we will work with your schedule.