Recently got unemployed? Indoor gardening can relieve your anxiety and stress! What’s great about indoor plants is that they’re easier to maintain and take care of than outdoor ones. But you should know that every indoor garden must have grow lights.
These are lights that allow your indoor plants to mature and blossom. You can grow orchids, houseplants, fruits, and veggies with them. They’re perfect for seed starting.
The Perfect Color
There are some indoor grow lights that offer the complete spectrum of light just like what the sun supplies. These lights are called full-spectrum LED grow lights. They’re the best ones for the job since they can provide all the colors of the rainbow essential for every growth stage of your plant, whether that’s marijuana or not. With full-spectrum grow lights, you can be sure that your plants will receive the right types of light they need to complete a growth phase.
The Ideal Intensity
You’ll know how intense the light is based on the bulb wattage and the closeness of your plant to the grow lights. To identify the light intensity needed by the plant you’re growing, you should research thoroughly. For instance, plants that are native to shady forests and tropical areas won’t require much light compared to those that grow in dry and sunny climates. You should know that most houseplants evolve if they’re 10-12 inches away from the grow lights. Foliage plants like philodendron and ivy, however, can be placed up to 36 inches away from the lights. Meanwhile, vegetable plants and flowering plants like gardenias, citrus, and orchids, need higher light intensity to flower and yield.
The Recommended Duration
Plants shouldn’t be exposed to light 24 hours a day. Like humans, they need to rest too you know! Vegetable seedlings should be given 14-18 hours of light per day. Short-day plants like azaleas, begonias, chrysanthemums, and kalanchoe can survive if they receive less than 12 hours of light all year-round. Long-day crops need 14-18 hours, while day-neutral plants such as African violets, geraniums, and coleus should receive 8-12 hours of light every day.
Although grow lights can’t beat the light the sun provides, they are still excellent substitutes, especially if we’re talking about the ever-reliable LED lights.
Just remember to choose the best type of light for your needs and budget. Opt for lights that are energy-efficient, as they release fewer emissions and are therefore environment-friendly. Also, be careful in positioning the lights. Lastly, don’t leave them on for more than 16 hours a day; otherwise, you’ll wake up with damaged indoor plants!