Many of you might want to grow plants outside your homes but due to space restrictions or positioning of your house away from natural sunlight might forbid you from doing so. However, this article shares with you some interesting tips on how you can grow plants indoors by using artificial light to allow photosynthesis to happen naturally.
Understanding the Basics
For plants to grow, they need light from the
- The blue wavelength to enable foliage growth
- The red wavelength to allow flowering followed by fruiting
- The green wavelength that gets reflected and makes them appear green
5 Tips for Selection of Artificial Lights
- Fluorescent Lights – This is a common choice for most planters as these are economical and easy to handle. Moreover, these provide enough blue wavelengths that are enough to instigate plant foliage. Always buy cool white bulbs to allow the display of the full spectrum and while positioning them place them at one foot away from the plants.
- Incandescent Lights – This is a supplemental addition to the fluorescent lights, as these releases more of the red wavelengths. Hence, these are used to promote flowering of plants. However, while positioning them, place them far away from the plants, as these tend to release a lot of heat that could damage the leaves.
- LED Lights – This is a good choice because it releases low heat and is energy-efficient. However, care should be taken while buying these lights, as these can be highly customizable. Hence, ensure that the bulbs purchased give off both red and blue wavelengths.
- Halogen Lights – This is a good option for planters looking to buy full-spectrum lighting. However, these release a lot of heat similar to the incandescent lights and are also less energy-efficient than LEDs and fluorescent lights.
- Horticultural Grow Lights – These are a superior alternative to the fluorescent lights, as these give out the full spectrum and are particularly useful for growing plants from seeds and for propagating hybrid varieties. These come in packed tubes with fluorescent fixtures.
- In order to grow plants indoors and to nurture them right from the seeds, tube fixtures need to be installed right above the plants to allow direct and sufficient lighting.
- You can buy special kits that are made specifically for indoor plant growth, which comes with reflectors and fixtures.
- For the less serious planters, regular light fixtures are sufficient as long as the bulbs are chosen and fitted carefully.