Indoor plants not requiring sunlight

Indoor gardenWith frigid gusts of wind and falling snow currently occupying the outdoor environment in much of the United States, now is the perfect time to move your vegetable garden indoors. But before you begin to rely on your indoor plants for fresh produce, there are a few things that you need to go over. The best way to ensure indoor gardening success is to consider four things before you even begin planting: space, light, temperature, and humidity.

Pick a space

One limiting thing about growing inside is finding a place to put your plants. Some of the smaller ones, like herbs and tomatoes, can be grown on your windowsill or on a small table. Others will require you to set aside a specific “gardening” area that includes either a large table or a linoleum floor so that if there is runoff from the plants, it will not ruin your home. Shelves are also a great place to put your plants because they provide a lot of space without taking up much room in your house or apartment.

Pick a light

For those who think that you can grow indoors and just rely on the sun streaming in through the window, you are sorely mistaken. Especially in the winter months when sunlight is scarce, growing plants requires the purchase of some sort of artificial light source. If you were planning on using a regular house lamp, think again. Your plants aren’t going to reap the benefits of that type of light, which is why purchasing a growing light is essential. These plant-specific lights mimic the wave lengths of the sun, thus encouraging plant photosynthesis. The good news is that there are a variety of options, some that can be bought at affordable prices, that are offered at most local hardware stores.

Incandescent lights are the least expensive but will most likely leave your garden small, and possibly unfruitful. A better choice is opting for fluorescent lights or high-intensity discharge lights (HID). There are also a number of bulb choices for these lamps, so it is important to consider what you want to grow before you make a purchase.

Fluorescents produce a lot of light, but need to be kept close to the plants to produce results. Whereas HIDs can get too hot, most fluorescents are cool to the touch, so keeping them about six inches from the plants will not burn your produce. Lettuce, spinach, and herbs grow well under these lights.

HIDs are the brightest and most efficient growing lights, but they are also one of the most expensive options. You can also purchase high-pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs, which produce a red-orange light that promotes flowering, or metal halide lights (MH), which omit a blue-white color that promotes leafy but compact growth. Most growers encourage a combination of lights to produce the desired results.

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Oh ho, I beg to disagree. No way, Jose!

2007-01-06 08:49:54 by TotallyAnonymous

No way is BC bud the best. Not possible. The marijuana plant thrives on a dense, moist environment and intense sunlight with a long extended sun season - i.e. Hawaii, Mendocino, Thailand, and the jungles of Columbia. British Columbia does not have the angle of the sun that's required to contain a high amount of available BTU's because it's too far north.
Indoor growing can actually produce very hiqh quality pot IF the grower knows how to spike the plants with the right chemicals in the watering system. However, indoor growing can't produce the same amount of buds that outdoor growing can produce in the same square foot area.

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