When the natural light from outside becomes less, the light requirements of your plant do not change. To give the plant the light it needs, you could change the location of the plant by putting it in a brighter spot. Closer to the window, for example, is one of the possibilities. You could also choose to buy a grow light to place near the plant.
Grow lights are lamps that have been developed to support your plant during growth and flowering. When a plant receives too little light its growth can stop. Think, for example, of the early autumn period or early spring, when the amount of sun and the strength of the sun are significantly less than in summer and the plant needs more light to grow. For example, tropical plants often have an average of around 12 hours of sunlight a day in their natural environment, but this is not the case in Europe and in our living rooms. A grow light offers a solution.
Photosynthetic Active Radiation (PAR)
A grow light simulates natural sunlight as much as possible to stimulate the plants to grow and flower. The light from a grow light emits Photosynthetic Active Radiation (PAR) which the plant uses for photosynthesis and therefore cannot be replaced by a normal room lamp. Although it is a small investment to buy a grow light, it is definitely worth it.
In order for the plant to properly meet its light requirements, it needs different colours of the light spectrum. When a grow light with white light is used, all colours are present, because white consists of all colours of the light spectrum. Furthermore, the red light spectrum, among others, is very important for the growth and flowering process of the plant.
When installing a grow light you should take into account that the light may not touch the plant. A height of 15 cm above the plant is ideal for most plants. Do keep a close eye on your plant. If the plant receives too much light it may develop lighter leaves. Be extra careful with variegated plants, because lighter or white parts of the plant can easily burn under too much light. The strength of the lamp you need therefore differs per plant.
For the best results, you should turn on the grow light for about 10 to 16 hours a day. So leave the lamp off for at least 8 hours a day, because plants also need a day and night rhythm. The rest periods in the dark are necessary for the development of the plant.
TIP! Use a timer to switch the lamp on and off automatically. Then you can't forget.
Because most grow lights today are LED lights, they are energy-efficient and last for years. An ideal aid to provide plants with light even in dark times!
Here you can shop for grow lights.