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Proper Lighting for Indoor Growing

When the months get colder and the days are short, you may think that your growing season is over. But that doesn’t have to be the case. You can turn to indoor growing, using plants to keep the air in your house cleansed, and to keep fresh vegetables on your dinner plate. You can also start plants in the winter indoors and transplant them outdoors in the spring.

People who live in urban areas may not have a suitable spot to garden at all, so using grow tents indoors will be a blessing for them. Plants really don’t take up much room, and you can grow them simply under lights, or in a grow tent, where they can reach their full potential in flavor or blooms.

Your indoor plants may take up as little or as much space as you desire. If you have a large tent of plants, it will take more attention, but it’s a gift of love, and they reciprocate with blooms or fresh foods. Indoor gardeners may use tents of various sizes, and some are six feet tall, with plenty of room for your plants.

Plants need the light – from the sun or your lamps – to go through photosynthesis, which is a process they need in order to live. If you don’t give your indoor plants enough light, they may grow, but they’ll be taller and scraggly, with not many foodstuffs or blooms on them. Even if you grow outside a tent but near a window, that may not be enough, since there just isn’t as much direct sunlight in most areas as the plants will need to thrive.

A regular light bulb won’t do much to help your plants, either. They need a more specific kind of light in order to bloom to their full potential. You can tell if your plants need more light by simply looking them over. Under-lit plants have thin, tall stems and the plant color will be lighter than it would otherwise be.

Fluorescent lights work well for herbs and plants that don’t need a great deal of light. They don’t work as well for flowering or budding plants, because they don’t give them enough light. Compact Fluorescent Systems are brighter, and very efficient. They are smaller and can be used for most plants. They don’t burn as hot as other lights, so they can be placed in closer proximity to your plants.

High Intensity Discharge or HID lights are used quite a lot for indoor gardening. They are bright and efficient, although they can be a bit pricey. There are various types of HID lights, including metal halide and high pressure sodium, which are the two most often used for indoor gardening.

High Pressure Sodium or HPS lights will give your plants the type of light that will benefit them the most if they are flowering plants. These don’t give off as much blue-spectrum light as leafier plants need, however. Metal Halide, or MH bulbs give off a more broad-spectrum light that benefits leafier plants. Study the needs of your indoor plants well, so that you can give them everything they need to be healthy and grow strong.

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