My year with the PRO-GROW Series of LED Grow Lights from Hydroponics Hut
Part 1 in a series that will span a live grow from seeds to harvest in real time… Okay, maybe a day or two’s delay.
How it mostly began
When I looked into growing my own medicinal marijuana, I had no idea what I was in for. Beyond the necessary knowledge of basic botanical care and such, there was a need to learn about the technology behind indoor growing.
Soil and soilless mixes in pots seemed simple enough, nutrients & pH too. I’d skip hydro till I had my feet under me and a few grows under my belt. The next item up, grow lights… Then things got confusing.
Staring in a closet with a space of 3′ x 2′ x 5’tall (92cm x 46cm x 152cm tall), HID lighting (Metal Halide, HPS) seemed to be out of the equation. The other choice I was familiar with was CFLs (Compact Fluorescents), which are easy to obtain, and are very affordable. However, I had issues with CFLs early on, was unsatisfied and began to seek an alternative.
I took to the web to get information. BIG mistake! There were so many sites trying to sell me so many things… I just wanted unadulterated, unbiased info, and I was lost. I found several good cannabis growing, related forums and began to read the postings of the big “hard core” growers. There was little help in that, as they were all 1000watts of this and T5 that and way over my head. Anyhow I got to following some “average guy” grows and that is where I really learned a lot. I mean the pros are great and they have their systems down, but everyday people make mistakes and learn from them and I was needing to learn too.
Enter the L.E.D. grow light
Okay long story short, during my time in the forums I followed many early LED grows, most of which ended with less than stellar results. But after the dust settled, there were a few LED grow lights that stood out.
I limited it down to the two LED grow lights with most consistent results through 3 different grows. It’s no coincidence that both vendors are still in business, offering great customer service and producing some great lights
Between the two, they both bloomed very well, but in the end I went with Hydroponics Hut’s Pro-Grow line of LED grow lights, and the reason was all around results.
The spectral difference in the Pro-Grow line of LED is immediately noticeable. With dual spectrum running, the light is more kind and pleasing to the eye, and the plants in vegetation seem to love it too, most other LED grow lights require or suggest a “Veg version” of their lights, meaning you need 2, one blue spectrum for growth, and a second with more red spectrum for blooming. The Pro-Grow LED’s “Selective Spectrum” switched to blue/white will veg seedlings better and cooler than CFLs with more wattage, as well as bloom fat, dense, trichome coated buds in full spectrum and selective, all red setting.
The question of “Can LED grow lights grow decent weed?” has been answered. The answer is, no! You can grow excellent, medical grade marijuana with LED grow lights
Grow #1 3’x2’x5′ tent, Pro-Grow 140, 3 Bubblelicious in 3 gal pots
This was one of 3 Nirvana Bubblelicious plants that yielded a total of just over 145 grams. This plant yielded just over 70 grams of dried and manicured Top Grade Meds and was grown under the Pro-Grow 140.
Grow #2 – 3’x2’x5′ tent, Pro-Grow 180
5 Blue Mystic in 6 gallon Bubbleponics.
Was done in a 6 gallon Bubbleponic set-up under the Pro-Grow 180. We began with 5 plants, as we they were supposed to be autos and “short”. They were neither.
When all was said & done, the last two plants delivered 70+ grams and 34 grams of manicured meds. With the previous 3 plants totaling just under 55 grams.
We’ll be doing a Veg-Tent/Autoflower grow with a new light…
Hydroponics Hut: Pro-Grow 260 Series
7-Band UV & IR 13,400 lumen+
Featuring 3 watt High Output Chip-sets.
600w HID equivalent @ 170w (Full Spectrum) power draw
We’ve seeded 2 Northern Light Autoflowers to do a start to finish grow beneath the Pro-Grow 260 LED grow light. They will be grown in soil, 3gal Smart-Pots, on an 18/6 light cycle.
To take full advantage of the Pro-Grow 260’s selective, wide spectrum, we’ll also be using it to veg seedlings, cuttings as well as blooming out the autos.
My goal is to show that with great equipment, comes great results. If I have a light that can veg and bloom, and has the intensity of an HID in a closet sized area, why not double my bud potential?
Seriously though, my only concern is that the PRO-Grow 260 may lead to autoflower plants that are too big for the Veg-Tent. However it is a problem I don’t mind having ;-), and we’ll deal with that should the issue arise.
The Pro-Grow 260 should be here today (Tuesday), and we’ll have our Northern Light autoflower seedlings ready to go, and half a tent of cuttings and seedlings that are eagerly awaiting the new lights arrival!
More to follow, check back soon!!!