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How to Automate your Growbox


Lots of growers come to us and ask us -- how do I automate my grow box?

It's a good question, because there's a lot of gear these days that allows us to decrease labor and maintenance for a hydroponics project. Today's grow boxes and grow systems aren't like those in the 1990s or the early millennium. They've really evolved and been adapted by manufacturers, so that growers can do more while also holding down a job, raising a family or doing all of these other things that us multitaskers do.

Here are some powerful ways to automate grow systems to get crops to harvest with less time spent micromanaging plants.

Working with Temperature, PH, etc.

One of the most common automation features for a grow box is a system that monitors things like temperature and pH value consistently, and may even be able to adjust them as necessary.

With no automation, you have to go in each day, or several times a day, and manually check pH value to make sure it hasn't changed out of the right range. You have to always be looking at a physical thermometer to see if plants have the right temperature for the day or night cycle.

With new gear, you may be able to get alerts to your mobile phone, or some other kind of automated system to help you know whether your plants are doing okay or not.

Air and Water Handling

It's also helpful to automate systems for air and water handling.

One of the most common ways to do this is to put pumps on a timer, so that plants will get watered without you having to be there. Again, in the old days, growers had to turn irrigation hoses on and off to get water flowing through the hydroponics setup from the reservoir. With new automated tools, plants can stay freshly watered and get the nutrients they need without a human having to be present.

Automating Light and Dark Cycles

Most hydroponic crops need specific light and dark cycles throughout a 24-hour day. This is one of the easiest things to automate in a grow box. In fact, with a lot of the modern boxes, there are easy light and dark timers that will turn the grow lights on and off according to set schedules. Plants get an environment that helps them to grow healthily towards maturity, and growers don't have to turn switches on and off.

These are just some of the things that help with automating a grow box for the 21st century. Find out more at Dealzer where we sell over 1500 pieces of equipment for everything you need to set up your project the right way.

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