Ever wonder just how it is some people manage to have the most beautiful gardens or vegetable patches in the ground and thriving just as spring’s first warmth seems to soak in? Chances are strong that many of those green thumbs that cause so much envy have a secret weapon in their corners. That secret weapon is very likely the smart use of plant lights to give them a jump on the growing season.
What Are Plant Lights?
Plant lights are simple devices that are meant to mimic the sun’s life-giving rays inside a building. While many designs are available for commercial growing operations, such as more complex hydroponic systems, backyard gardeners can take advantage of an easier route. Simple LED plant lights can provide an edge in the garden while technically enabling the “growing season” to last year round.
LED plant lights are designed to offer the power of more complex indoor growing tools without all the extra bells and whistles. The best are simply special light bulb designs that screw easily into any light socket. By offering stead, sun-mimicking light, these devices enable anyone to have an indoor growing space in no time at all. LED lights are the preferred choice because they don’t “burn hot,” causing harm to plants. Plus, they don’t require extra set up materials, such as ballasts, fans or outside heat sinks.
Why Use Plant Lights?
Plant lights have a variety of uses that can help just about anyone develop a so highly sought after green thumb. Single or multi-plant light setups are perfect for getting vegetables going before they go into the ground, enticing seedlings to grow and even for nursing failing houseplants back to life. The lights simply enable serious gardeners and hobbyists to better control their growing conditions for a more favorable outcome.
What Else Is Needed?
Besides plant lights, plants or seeds, growers will need the basic know-how for fostering growth. What is required will vary based on the desired plants. Vegetables, for example, might need more TLC in regard to watering and replanting while succulents are quite low maintenance.
Like more costly hydroponic setups, plant lights give growers an edge for helping their plants thrive. When a simple set up is put into place, growing healthy, thriving flowers, vegetables and houseplants year round becomes more than feasible. The key is setting aside the space, establishing optimum conditions for the plants in question and then just letting nature do its job.