Springtime Indoor Gardening
Selecting Grow Lights
In spring, plants thrive in sunlight. But for indoor gardening, opt for grow lights that simulate sunlight. If you use the right grow lights for your indoor plants, you need not even wait for springtime to get results. The most important factor to consider is the spectrum of light emitted by the grow light.
Here are some tips on different types of grow lights that you can use during springtime:
• To stimulate flowering, use grow lights that emit red light for better blooms. For thicker bushy growth, blue light is more suitable. Many hydroponics enthusiasts combine two or more types of grow lights to get the best results.
• T-5 fluorescent grow lights work best with seedlings and cuttings, as they emit little heat. Hydroponic growers often prefer full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs for their seedlings.
• Metal halide (MH) bulbs are a good choice if your indoor plants require light similar to that emitted by the sun in summer.
• To simulate autumn for your indoor gardening plants, opt for high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs. HPS lights are ideal for inducing fruiting and flowering.
In addition, invest in a grow light control system with a timer, rotator, light mover, reflector, and hood that ensure your indoor plants get the right amount of light for 14 to 18 hours a day. Remember to consider the initial cost, lifespan, and operating costs of your grow lights. A cheaper grow light may actually be more expensive to operate in the long run.
Using the Right Hydroponic Nutrients
Plants in spring are still in the initial growth stage and require the best nutrients for maximum yield. Ensure that you do not supply too much or too little to your indoor plants. For your indoor garden, use hydro-organic nutrients, which are simply nutrients that dissolve in water. Use readymade, easy-to-use products instead of creating your own hydroponic nutrients. This is because it can be difficult to understand what nutrients work best for different plants during springtime. Commercial products from pHat, General Hydroponics, Canna, Foxfarm, etc. have been rigorously tested for several years on different plants, ensuring maximum yield during spring.
Springtime is not only a boom time for plants but also for bacteria, mites, aphids, fruit flies, weeds, and other pests that wreak havoc on your plants. For successful indoor gardening, invest in pest control mechanisms such as insecticides, sticky traps, fungicides, etc. that destroy pests without harming the plants.
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