For large scale crop growing, the farmers still depend largely on nature. True, they do use a mixture of old botanical science and modern chemistry and genetics to maximize their yield by planting modified seeds and adding fertilizers and pesticides to their fields. They also have artificial irrigation to avoid being at the whims of the weather; but, basically, the seeds go in; the crop grows and is then harvested. The energy that the plants need in order to grow is supplied from the sun during daylight.
What If You Plant Where The Sun Does Not Shine?
There are several reasons why someone might wish to grow plants in an un-natural environment. It could be hydroponic farming; or growing plants in a geographically different climatic region from their natural “home; or, even an enthusiastic gardener wishing to grow plants in his basement. Whatever the reason; it is quite easy to arrange the soil (or substitute) for the roots; along with a water supply and control of the heat and humidity in the growing area.
However, if the plants are to thrive in this artificial environment; they must have light. In nature, plants absorb energy from sun light; certain parts of the sun’s light spectrum can be utilised, through a process known as photosynthesis, by the plant to provide the fuel it needs for its growth.
You Have To Have An Artificial Sun
Ever since mankind found out how to make and use fire; we have also found ways to illuminate ourselves in times of darkness. Today, once the sun goes down, we turn on electric light bulbs to provide us with artificial sunlight.
However, this “electric light” is not totally the same as the natural light coming from the sun; there are differences in wavelengths and the energy composition across what the physicists call the electromagnetic radiation spectrum. For the indoor plant grower, this means that the standard electric light bulb will not be feeding his plants with the best energy mix for their growth.
Another problem with using standard light bulbs to replicate the sun’s rays is that of temperature control. Nature designed some plants to resist tropical heat; but, this resistance is not found in plants from more temperate zones. Fortunately, the development of light emitting diodes (LED’s) allows us to fine tune light into specific frequencies without producing high temperatures. This makes Led Grow Lights the best sun substitute so far for the indoor grower.
These days, the indoor horticulturist should really be using Led Grow Lights to improve his crops. You can obtain these on line from the Blu LED website at http://growblu.com/.
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