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Growing Indoor Plants With Grow Lights

indoor plantRecently 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.

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

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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.

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Final Words

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!

 

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Steps to Undertake After Losing Employment

Do a Self Check

We know that companies are downsizing their staff to cut cost and you might be included on the list of those who were laid off. But there are also other reasons why you lost the employment. Ask yourself questions on how well did you do when you were part of the company. Is your performance meeting the requirement of the company? Doing a self check is not about pulling yourself down by self defeating thoughts but rather check on the things you should be improving as a person.

Check Unemployment Assistance

Each state sets standards on how they give assistance to those people who recently lost their jobs. Visit their website and find out the eligibilities to get the benefit. If you are eligible, then file it as soon as possible. Get the papers done to avoid any hassle from getting your benefits.

Create a Budget Plan

Now that you are still on the hunt for new employment opportunities, you have to cut down on your expenses. We suggest that you list down all your expenses and take off anything that you can live without or anything that you think luxury. Remember that its not going to be like this forever. You need to take this action regardless how painful it might be. Changing your lifestyle is the key in creating a budget plan. Spend only on essentials, once you found another job, you may still avail those stuff you want.

Consider Part Time Jobs

Taking part time jobs will help you get through your expenses while you are on the hunt for the best job. It may not sustain your lifestyle but its much better to have something than nothing. It’s a good way too in becoming productive while you are unemployed.

Check Your Contacts

Most of the people who were recently laid off are ashamed or shy letting other people know their situation. Let us make it clear that it’s not shameful as long as you didn’t commit crime or violate the company’s policies. If you happen to lose your job, that is the perfect time to check your contacts and network. Ask for help, don’t take it all to yourself. We’re sure that people would be willing to help you get ideas which companies are open for hiring. Or at least you can advice your contacts that you’ll give their phone numbers as character references for the next possible employment.

Control Your Life

Losing employment is not the end of the world. If one door closes, another doors of opportunities will open. Take control of your life. Stay positive. Focus on the things that you can do to make things better for you and your family.