The best way to ensure a healthy, successful crop is to continuously perform preventative maintenance â just like with a car engine and stick to a cleaning routine. The grow room, tools and oneself are essential areas to keep dirt, dust, debris and pests away from, and will ultimately pay off with rewarding results.
We’ve compiled helpful habits, tips and tricks for nearly every area of the process that will aid plant growth and reduce the possiblity of root disease; feel free to comment with your own advice and, as always, keep it green!
The Grow Room:
- Be sure to clean reservoirs weekly or biweekly (or as specified by the manufacturer) to ensure proper nutrient and pH levels.
- Set up a routine, possibly every two weeks, to kill and prevent pests. The best way to have a pest-free grow room is to prevent them from even becoming a problem. Also, if sticky traps are used, be sure theyâre changed out as needed.
- Keep cords up and off the ground. Not only is this an obvious safety precaution, but it helps when sweeping debris and leaf matter from the floor.
- If using a reusable medium, flush it thoroughly and sterilize completely.
- Finally, after a cycle is complete, itâs best practice to clear out and sanitize the whole grow room and all utensils (while that may not always be possible, thatâs why constant preventative maintenance is encouraged).
- Sanitize and clean clippers and shears with alcohol and/or flame. Also, make it a habit to do so between plants which cuts down possible cross-contamination â as viruses, disease and pests can be spread through these tools. Itâs also best to sterilize them when finished with a task, so that youâre putting away clean tools for the next use.
- Clean the pH meter and TDS meter regularly according to the manufacturerâs instructions.
- Keep fan blades free of dust, along with the filters, as clogged filters can reduce its efficiency. Maintaining a clean fan will help air flow greatly.
- Keep lights and hood glass clean and clear to maximize the amount of light shining through. Over time, dust slowly builds so itâs hard to notice, but it happens and is easy to avoid.
- Clean measuring cups after each use and clearly label spray bottles to avoid any confusion.
- Immediately clean up any spills (liquids or solids) that occur.
- First and foremost, thoroughly wash your hands before entering the grow room. And if you’re a tobacco smoker, wash anything thatâs touched by tobacco, as it can spread disease like tobacco mosaic virus, which hinders growth and transfers easily by touch.
- If recently in a green house, field or anywhere with increased exposure to pests, shower and change clothes before entering the grow room. You donât want to inadvertently bring bugs into your grow room!
- As much as we love our furry friends, they should never be allowed in the grow room. They donât belong there, ever, as they can easily transfer pests to your plants.
- If you want to take it an extra step, use latex gloves in your already clean grow room. Some people even wear booties on their feet as an extra precaution.
- In the case of growing, thereâs no such thing as being too cautious and clean if you want to reap the rewards. Bleach is always an excellent disinfectant.
So, along with your standard EZ-CLONE cleaning procedures, staying clean throughout the entirety of your grow operation will help you enjoy the fruits of your labor.