It is a common myth among people that Indoor plants are very unlucky because they don’t get any real sunlight. Because they have to grow in enclosed areas or caves of some sort. And everybody knows how difficult it is to raise plants indoors. Lucky plants are those who get to sit on windowsills but even they earn the shadows of trees at times. In winters, plants are really in desperate need of illumination and just a little bit of warmth that helps them grow.
As you all know, that’s where LED Grow Lights step in and take charge. Since plants need supplemental lighting grow lights compensate for the lack of sunlight or natural light that they get.
Before getting started on your new setup of LED Grow Lights, you should decide what kind of light is suitable for your needs. Whether you need Grow bulbs or a whole big set up.1000 watt Led Grow Lights start from as low as $180
LED Grow Lights need to be placed about 8-10″ from the plant. Tropical plants need light 12-16 hours per day for the most development and optimal growth. Usually, you need to keep the lights on during daytime and turn it off right before the sun sets. Keep it off for many hours after nightfall. Because plants need a full spectrum of light or illumination.
Since it is not enough to use ordinary lamps, because they provide only white light, full spectrum LED Grow Lights are handy.
There is also a trick which is used by indoor gardeners called Timer Relay, in this trick, the lights are conveniently switched on sometime in the evening and a sometime in the morning, creating a balance of the two. You can notice they develop much better when they have just enough light.
So each fall (or autumn), people are torn as to what they should do with their tropical plants. Since tropical plants only survive and perish in warm temperatures. Growing them without supplemental lighting is impossible. Each year people bring in those plants and watch them succumb to cold death.
Tropical plants and crops that form a bulb, corm, rhizome are easy to keep. For example, these may include elephant’s ear, caladium, canna, dahlia, gladiolus etc.
How to sow them?
Just dig the bulbs out and allow the soil and the remaining leaves to dry out.
Store the bulbs in peat moss or sawdust. You can keep these in boxes too but remember to have them at temperatures between 40-50° F.
You can keep these this way until you find the perfect Grow Light or supplemental lighting source.
Some tropical plants like Mandevilla, Hibiscus, bananas even can be grown as a dormant or a houseplant. You should water these houseplants about once a week and don’t give them any fertilizers during the winter season. Sometimes they may lose their leaves or become dormant. They may even look dead but they will recover once spring arrives.
Many plants can naturally adapt to survive in dormant states. They will wait for better growing conditions. During high higher temperatures, your plants may need very little moisture almost halfway through winter.
The trick with tropicals is to know what conditions you can provide with supplemental lighting. Some Grow Lights also have the option to switch between modes or even offer a very high-intensity light. You just need to know what your particular type of plant needs.
There’s also a general rule of thumb to see if the Grow Light you have will provide optimal growth to your plant. Hold your hand six inches above the plant, if you have a clear-cut shadow, congratulations. Your light is bright enough to help your plant grow big and strong. If the shadow is a blur or if it is distinct around the edges, you need extra lighting for flowering needs.