There are three things that are essential for plants to thrive in their environment. They include soil, water, and sunlight.
For the most part, soil and water are easy to come by. When it comes to soil, there are many types, but each plant has its preference. Which, if you accommodate to that and provide the best fit, your plant should thrive. For water, same thing, rainwater is the best water for your plants. Hence, if you water them regularly with rainwater, they should grow healthy. But what about sunlight? Sunlight can be the most challenging. The reason for this is because wherever you place your plants, whether it is inside or outside, we must make sure that they are receiving the adequate sunlight that they need.
Indoor plants have become increasingly popular!
In fact, there are so many reasons as to why you should have plants inside of your living space! For one, they help optimize our mental health!
But placing them indoors also sets them up in a controllable environment in which they can thrive and grow rapidly in. Indoor growing helps keep your plants away from pests and makes it easier to control their intake of sunlight and water.
With that being said... The source of light is super important!
Even if your house or apartment has many windows, there may still be a possibility that your plants are not receiving sufficient sunlight. When that occurs, we must provide artificial lighting. The lighting you choose depends on the area you need to cover and the light requirements of the plant.
- They are ideal for plants with low to medium light requirements.
- They are good for starting vegetables indoors.
- Typically come in long, tube like bulbs (sizes including T5, T8 and T12).
Compact Fluorescent Lights
- They are good for lighting up a room or growing low-light houseplants, such as vines, ferns, or dracaenas.
- They have limited utility for growing plants with higher light requirements.
- These lights put out only about 10 percent of their energy as light while 90 percent is heat.
- They are not ideal for light-loving plants like cacti or succulents.
There are two types: pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs and MH (metal halide).
Halides are generally used in larger spaces or on larger plants, as they cover more distance in terms of lighting.
In most cases, you're not going to need a 1000-watt light. You can get by with a smaller halide or the T5 fluorescent system.
**Remember, plants need darkness too. Although they can grow under continuous light, all plants prefer a dark period. Provide them with 12 to 18 hours of light per a day.**
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Written by: Yolanda M. Pineda