Keeping Your Grow Room/Greenhouse At The Best Temperature

Temperature is often one of the overlooked aspects of indoor gardening. Many don’t know the vital role having your garden at the best temperature actually plays. While not the most important thing, temperature does have an effect on many aspects of your garden.

How Does Air Temperature Effect A Hydroponic Garden?

Plants in hydroponics and dirt react the same to air temperature.

Plant productivity can slows- An example of  productivity being effected by temperature would be slowed plant growth in colder temperatures. In temperatures that are too warm, fruits may not set.

The amount of pests can gro- Pests prefer a warmer climate. Keeping your grow room too warm could be making it a suitable environment for pests to infest.

Plant size can be effected- Temperature also has an effect on the size of your plant. In nature plants experience a temperature change from day time to night time. This actually assists with the plant’s growth. It’s recommend to drop the temperature 10-15 degrees during the lights off period.

You can use this to your advantage to manipulate how big your plants get overall. Providing a temperature variation of less the 5 degree will cause plants to produce less space between nodules, meaning plants will grow smaller and more compact.

 

What Is The Best Temperature For Indoor Plants (Shoots)?

Crops are usually placed in 2 categories when it comes to temperature, cool weather and warm weather. As with other aspects of the garden you should match what the plant would experience in its natural habitat, nature. If you were to plant that plant outside would it be a spring/ fall time planting crop or a summer planting crop. Do some research on the variety your growing to find the best temperature to keep your garden grow area.

I usually keep my cool weather crops somewhere between 45 to 65 degrees.

I usually keep my warm weather crops somewhere between 75-85 degrees.

Ways To Heat A Garden Grow Room/ Greenhouse

Electric- While the start up is lower for electric heat, it’s typically more costly overtime and inefficient. Though if you have a small area that only needs adjustment every so often, electric may just be the best way to heat your grow area.

Propane- Propane is a low and efficient way of heat a grow room. There are attachments you can hook up to propane tanks for small rooms or furnaces to heat whole greenhouses.

Wood- Depending on the area your growing, wood may be a relativity low-cost way to heat your grow room or greenhouse. Wood heating is also the most reliable.

Ways To Cool Your Garden Grow Room/ Greenhouse

Air conditioner- Adding air conditioning is the simplest most accurate form of cooling your grow room or green house to the best temperature.

Adding more/ larger fans- Depending on the situation, add more or larger fans may be all you need to cool down your grow room. Fans circulate the air and adding a bigger exhaust fan will suck our warm air faster.

Evaporative cooling- Evaporated cooling is a process that uses evaporation to cool the air. By pushing air through moisture it causes evaporation and the air temperature to lower. There are fans that use evaporative cooling for smaller areas and evaporative coolers for large areas.

Change your lighting- Cooling your grow area may be as simple as changing out your light source. While HPS lighting is great for growing, they create a lot of heat. Switching to LED or even fluorescent lighting if your growing small leafy greens will cool down your grow room or greenhouse.

Shading cloth- If your looking to lower the temperature in your greenhouse to keep out some of the suns rays.

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