Plants and flowers love their natural environment in which there is sufficient water and light. With an indoor garden, the intention is to imitate the natural habitat as closely as possible, but how do you do that? Here are some valuable tips.
Our sun is always a good indicator of what plants and flowers prefer to grow under. The sun shines 10 to a maximum of 16 hours a day, so adjust your lighting accordingly. With a timer or dimmer you can ensure that your plant always gets the right amount of light. Keep in mind that after the light has been switched off, photosynthesis continues for a while, after which the plant goes into 'sleep'. Just like with people, sleep has a restorative effect and with that you build up energy to grow again the next day, give your plant or fruit the space for that too.
Make sure your crop gets the right amount of water, regularly check the condition of the plant's nutrient medium. Too dry is not good, but neither is too wet, make sure the surface is moist but not 'muddy'. Plants like an even supply of water to keep growing constantly. It is therefore better to water a little every day than, for example, a large amount once a week. Sprinkling the leaves with water is also a good addition. Unlike high-pressure lamps (HPS), for example, LEDs do not emit nearly as much heat. As a result, your plant uses less and you will have to adjust the amount of water and nutrition to the new situation, so reduce it.
An LED grow lamp hardly gets warm (max. 26 degrees) but that does not mean that you want to let the crop grow against your lamps. There is no direct combustion, but 'irradiation' does occur. The plant then receives too much light and cannot process it. Signs of this are that the leaves become darker in color or curl, and the stem can also take on a dried-out appearance. Make sure you recognize this in time and don't hang the lamp too close to your plants, keep at least 20 cm. distance. There is another advantage up to 1 meter from the crop, namely light distribution, the higher the lamp hangs, the larger the light surface. But beware: If the grow lamp hangs too high, it may be that there is not enough light intensity so that your plant does not perform optimally. Depending on the wattage of your LED grow lamp, you can adjust the distance to the crop. Consult the prescribed height for each grow lamp, then in most cases you have a good mix between light intensity and light distribution.
Good luck with the growth and flowering of the crops. If you have any questions about your ideal LED grow light, you can always reach us.