Growing medicinal herbs and even vegetables under LED grow lights
LED grow lights are the most energy efficient grow lights on the market. As they last longer, they are also more economical than the conventional gardening light bulbs. LED growing lights are made of non-toxic materials; they are better alternative than other types of indoor plant lights like compact fluorescent bulbs that contain mercury and phosphorus.
If you live in a cold climate, you can grow your herbs in spring, summer and autumn quite successfully, but in winter you can only rely on your indoor herb garden. LED grow lights emit less heat than the traditional growing lights so they require less ventilation. Also, less heat is beneficial for the plants which grow healthier and stronger in cooler soil. Other types of grow lights often create glare that needs to be reduced with shades. If you use LED garden lights there are no shades or reflectors needed.
Creating a garden indoors or on the balcony using plant grow light is an easy affair. Depending on the size of your garden, as well as the stage of development of your plants, you have to choose different size of LED lights and different spectra of light. The lights are simple to install and virtually maintenance free.
Very young plants, at the early stages of development, should be placed farther from the light than flowering and fruiting plants as too much light can cause damage to seedlings and younger plants. Using more blue light helps producing sturdier, stronger seedlings. LED lights are designed for all stages of plant development, and although they perfect as standalone plant lights, many growers use them to supplement natural daylight in their gardens.
Planning your indoor garden choose from variety of many different garden herbs like basil, tarragon, parsley mint, thyme, rosemary, parsley and many others. Medicinal herbs that you can grow under LED grow lights include aloe vera, comfrey, spearmint, lemon balm and ginseng. You can even grow catnip for your cats. Seedlings as well as seeds bought in packets can be used with no problems.
Lettuce, rocket, spinach and spring onions thrive under LED growing lights and taste fantastic. Some fruits, like strawberries grow extremely well, too. Other great choices for your indoor garden include tomatoes, and with a little creativity you can even use LED lights to help grow avocados, bananas, apples and oranges! You can use LED growing lights to grow plants for food, such as bell peppers and cucumbers, or for looks, such as roses and orchids.
Indoor plant lights are the perfect lighting solution for indoor growing, including hydroponics. When you switch from HID to LED lights you may save as much as 50% of money you used to spend on electricity. This is not only because LED lights are energy efficient but because you need to use smaller amounts of plant nutrients. Using approximately half of the amount recommended by the manufacturer will reduce the risk of over-fertilizing (which can cause burning and plant damage).
LED grow lights are efficient, require very little energy and maintenance, and they are environmentally friendly. By using less electrical energy, apart from saving your money, they save natural resources as well. If you live in a small apartment with no garden, or in a colder climate, don’t give up on growing your own herbs and even vegetables. Consider using plant grow lights to grow healthy herbs and other plants regardless of the light and weather conditions outside, and make use of the excellent technology available today which can help us to enhance our health.