Indoor gardening has its benefits. You won’t have to run around with a pair of clippers under the hot summer sun, yet you can take care of your plants. To add to that, outdoor gardening requires a large area and if you don’t have a rather large plot at your disposal, it becomes impossible to have a garden. As urban pockets grow and space becomes expensive, more and more people are switching to indoor gardening, which saves their hobbies as well as a lot of space. In this article, we bring to you a basic guide to choosing the perfect light for your plant to grow:
The Rainbow Effect
If you paid attention to your basic biology class from high school, you will remember that plants need sunlight to survive and to make food, but don’t go away just yet, the good news is, you can reproduce the sunlight right inside your home! There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to finding the right sort of light for your plants. As sunlight contains the entire spectrum of colors in a rainbow, you too should choose a full spectrum bulb for your plants. Choosing the right light has other benefits too, such as ensuring greener seedlings as the plant grows and yielding healthier plants.
Not Too Harsh, Not Too Dim
You need to select a light with the right intensity. While a light of a very high intensity can ruin the cells in the plants, a light of very low intensity might not be enough for them to successfully carry out photosynthesis. Before you purchase a light for your plant, always ensure that it is suitable enough. You must also know where to place the light, so that it is at the correct distance away from the plant. Placing a light too close or too far from a plant, even if it does have the right intensity, can have similar effects to having lights of the wrong intensities.
The Day and Night Cycle
So, you have the right type of light and of the perfect intensity for your plant. How do you use it? Well, in the open, plants are exposed to day and night cycles with roughly twelve hours each of light and dark in typical conditions. However, the length of day and night varies in different places all across the globe and certain plants have adapted themselves to certain environments over many years. Thus, it is important to switch the lights off for some hours in a day, so that plants can respire. Various plants have various day cycles. Based on the length of time for which they need light, plants are classified as short – day, long – day or day neutral. Always remember to check and see which category your plants fall into.
Myths Are False!
If you’ve been hearing unbelievable stories about choosing the right light for your plant, you’re correct, they’re unbelievable. Make sure you don’t end up falling for a myth and spending your valuable money for something completely useless. If you’ve heard about HID lamps giving out more heat and light, well, that’s absolutely false. Also, blue lights don’t help your plant grow and red lights certainly don’t make them flower. LED lights might look brighter to you because they are emitted from a single point source, but to plants, they’re as good as a bulb of similar wattage. We may add that LEDs have a better power rating in comparison to some bulbs. Remember to verify the information given to you. If you forget to do so, it may cost you a lot of unnecessary money.
If you’ve decided to go ahead with your idea for indoor gardening, we do appreciate your hobby. Plants are certainly useful and nothing’s better than being able to care for a plant in a convenient manner. Our list of tips may have sharpened your knowledge about exposing your plant to the right light, so why wait? Start off today and we’re sure you’ll absolutely love it.
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