Planning to grow vegetables indoors, is there enough natural sunlight available (6-8 hours)? If not artificial lighting is needed.
comes to indoor lighting sources the illegal grow op has lead to the development
of equipment that will assist you to set up an indoor vegetable garden.
It is possible to guide your garden from seeds to fruit under fluorescent lighting and the gardener who wishes to do has a number of options.
standard fluorescent bulb can be used to start seedlings and for salad gardeners
they can suffice throughout the whole season as long as the bulbs are close to
the plant tops, say about four inches above them.
fluorescent grow lights may be more efficient but will cost more and still may
not provide the green peppers and tomatoes the gardener seeks.
solution for growing fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, peppers etc) indoors may
well be a combination of metal halide which puts out an intense light that is
high in the blue spectrum and ideal for vegetative growth and then switch to
high pressure sodium lights.
pressure sodium lights favour the red and orange spectrum which is needed for
the development of fruits.
effective grow fruiting plants indoors under artificial lights you are likely
to need to switch three times as the as the metal halide are too strong to
One: Fluorescent grow lights for getting
Metal halide for vegetative growth
Three: High pressure sodium for
not be advisable for the home gardener who seeks to turn a basement into a
vegetable garden, unless herbs and salad green are the desired output. A
greenhouse in the yard may be a preferred alternative.
There is another option
that is making some ground LED grow lights are reputed to be very efficient, my
suggestion is do your research before buying anything.
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