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Welcome to the Papillon blog! Congratulations on finding yourself here, the t’interweb can be a savage beast to navigate sometimes but rest assured you have landed at a veritable Mecca for information on all things related to plant lighting. Hopefully this can be a regular tool for you to pick up hints and tips, as well as inspiring you to improve and refine your own practices to get the most out of your plants!

Content with content

Over the course of time, a whole host of topics and pieces will be delved into, going through it all in an (almost) real-time manner, with actual lights and real plants! From ‘how-to’ grow tutorials covering a wide range of plants and vegetables, to more nerdy topics like how light recipes effect plant growth: the aim is to explore a wide realm of possibilities with different grow lights over an extensive variety of crop types, squeezing out as much information as possible along the way! Using actual plants to document actual practices and taking data throughout their life to show growth differences is the name of the game here. Ultimately providing you with a much greater insight into indoor gardening, but (of course) with a healthy focus on the different aspects of plant lighting technologies.

The Topics

As you would expect all sorts of topics will be covered over the course of this blog, each one with the purpose of both entertaining and educating wherever possible. The sort of blogs you can expect to find are along the following subject matters:

Hints and Tips….

Let’s make life easier for everyone! There is a lot to keep your eye on in a grow room, and a lot of ways that you can influence how well your garden grows! Sometimes even the simplest task can become a bane to both you and your plants, so talking through methods of best practices is always good to make sure you aren’t missing anything obvious! From controlling your environment to maintaining nutrients, there are many ways which we can all make our own lives much easier!

Grow your own….

Ever wanted to grow some of your own fresh Basil? Fancied cultivating your own beetroots? How about growing your own Marigolds to save yourself some cash come Mother’s Day? All plants have their own unique likes and dislikes, so what better for some light entertainment than a variety of information on cultivating specific types of crops, in your own house.

Theory in practice….

Its all well and good being told how things work, like controlling environmental parameters, hardening plants off, but there is no better substitute for seeing it happen. What exactly does a plant do when it is not pH checked? How does controlling temperatures impact plant growth, why does creating uniform air flow matter? All these sorts of things will be discussed using real life plants, in real life situations.

Fruits of science….

With such a perfect opportunity to do so, a good few number of little tests will be undertaken. Of course, the majority of which focusing on plant lighting, but also others in relation to environmental factors such as humidity, growth media and nutrient. The aim is to tease out as much data as possible to identify differences of growing plants under different circumstances. The most exciting of which initially being how different spectrums effect plant growth.

The Goods

So how exactly is all this going to be achieved?

All of this will be done within a grow room that has been crafted out of a previously dingy storage room in a warehouse. Having been supplied with a wide array of lighting systems from Papillon (to cover growth periods from seed to fruit) a variety of fruit and veg will serve as test subjects and take centre stage when it comes to showing any notable differences. Growth will be documented throughout the entire life cycle to see exactly what sort of influence different types of lights (and lighting recipes) have on plants throughout their life-cycle.

For the Babies:

A highly sophisticated LED lighting system, supplied by Papillon allows tight control over the propagational area. With an efficiency of up to 3µmol/joule, the ability to switch between different spectrums and a fine control over intensity, there is a variety of options of light recipes that you can subject a plant to. Installed onto a tiered racking system, two layers of LED’s will be pitched against one of the most commonly used lights on the hobby market, Fluorescent T5 strip lights. Many different combinations of light recipes can be tailored throughout the plants time under these lights, highlighting any differences in growth between that and the T5 unit, in a very visual way.

For the Adults:

The main growing chamber will consist of a combination of two 1000w DE HPS lights, two 315w CMH supplemental lights and most excitingly, some LED inter-lighting strips. The HPS lights are probably not too unfamiliar to most of you. The CMH lights maybe less so, despite becoming increasingly popular as a standalone light in recent years. The cream on this lighting cake being the LED inter-lighting strips.

The various combinations of these lights allow for the option of playing around with spectrums and intensities of light, catering to different stages of plant growth. With the LED interlight strips giving the option to boost light intensity lower down in a crop, where the main over head light may not penetrate, it will be good opportunity to document exactly what differences are seen with different combinations of lighting technologies.

Highly Atmospheric

This will all be housed in a room within a warehouse unit, lovingly converted for our horticultural purposes. Environmental controls for humidity and temperature all in place to make sure the plants have the right environment to thrive, it makes for a great enclosed unit to tinker around in and an exciting prospect to document as much information about plant growth and lighting technology for you as possible!

Sharing is Caring

Knowledge is power! This is an undeniable truth that is of course the whole premise of this series of blogs. Ultimately, the purpose is to bring you technical based lighting info, data gleaned from trials and hydroponic hints and tips all wrapped up with some lighter hearted banter. Be sure to stick with us and keep up to speed with everything that is happening, and exactly how to best cater to your favourite plants needs.