Growing flowers, plants and vegetables with LED lighting is a balance of many variables, including proper and correct timed nutrition, correct watering, correct room temperature, and proper LED light range design. If you are a veteran gardener, this is already known.
If you are new to this charming world of greenhouse or indoor gardening, don’t panic. Balancing these growth factors is the fun part and shouldn’t be stressful. Growing healthy and beautiful plants will be the result of patiently adjusting these parameters.
Here are some LED grow light tips to take the guesswork out of successful plant growth using LEDS.
– LED grow lights can be placed closer to the plants as the fixture generates less heat. Always move lights slowly (over several days) and check plants regularly for any type of heat stress.
– When talking to a supplier, ask for a light coverage specification or light coverage design before purchasing LED grow lights.
– Plant type, room size, other lighting sources and budget are all factors to consider before buying. Reputable distributors or retailers can do this. If you are a commercial grower, this lighting design can be very helpful in determining your return on investment.
– Irrigation must be coordinated with light, as the soil is not “baked” by high heat-producing light. If you’re growing in soil, it’s a good idea to at least use an inexpensive soil moisture meter.
– Get a baseline for water usage by monitoring before changing to LED grow lights. Hydroponic growers will also see less water being used, but this level is easier to manage because the water/nutrient sources are centralized.
– Along with watering, pay attention to the level of nutrition given to the plants under the LED grow lights. The environment is gentler and plants may require fewer nutrients to achieve the same amount of growth.
– LED Grow Lights LEDs generate less heat than conventional grow lights, so environmental control is required. The room temperature for proper plant growth should be in the specific range for the plants you want to grow. In general, plants grow and flower optimally at temperatures between 68 F and 86 F.