There are many benefits to indoor gardening. Indoor gardening allows the gardener to control temperature, watering schedules, and in some cases lighting, to achieve a more consistent crop yield. Indoor gardening can be done in many ways, from simple to complex. Aside from greenhouses, a variety of different areas can be used for indoor gardening, from a patio, a temperature-controlled garage, or even a basement.
There are four keys to indoor gardening: 1) light, 2) temperature, 3) nutrients, and 4) 4) 4) water. While they are all important, one of the most important factor to focus on is light. Sunlight is required for growing plants outdoors, so it needs to be replaced by proper lighting for the indoor garden if the area you are using for your indoor garden is not properly lit for enough hours in the day. Replacing sunlight requires light that replicates natural sunlight. Typical indoor lighting is simply too dim for growth of most crop-bearing plant varieties.
Specialized light sources for indoor growing come in two basic forms. First, fluorescent grow lights can be used for some growing situations. Fluorescent bulbs designed for growing can provide the correct spectrum of lighting for many types of plants, but not all plants thrive under fluorescent grow lights, and multi-tube fixtures are generally needed.
High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting is the choice of most serious indoor gardeners. Either Metal Halide or High Pressure Sodium lamps, along with matching reflectors and fixtures, are readily available for all sorts of growing situations.
The Project Grow team can work with you to define your indoor growing goals, and to put together an indoor lighting strategy that will help you achieve those goals.
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