Create Indoor Seasons With Grow Lights – Twin Cities, MN
One of the great advantages to creating an indoor garden is the chance to grow year-round. Whether you’re growing flowers, herbs, fruits, or vegetables, planting indoors lets you harvest any time, even in the depths of a frigid Minnesota winter. Imagine enjoying fresh strawberries or tomatoes, picked at the peak of ripeness in the middle of January. Or think about enjoying and sharing fresh-cut flowers you grew yourself anytime during the year. You can even use fresh herbs in your kitchen, whatever the time of year.
In nature, plants of all kinds respond to the seasonal changes. The cycle of seasons is the clock plants use to sprout, bloom, produce fruits, and move into dormancy or the end of their life cycle. All of this is triggered by many changes throughout the year. With the help of grow lights, the indoor and hydroponic gardener can simulate many of these changes to produce artificial seasons that plants respond to and bring them into maturity outside of their normal seasons:
The Length of The Day Is an Important Signal
Much of the cycle of plant life is determined by the length of the day, with vigorous growth occurring during the lengthening days of the spring, and continuing into the long periods of daylight in the summer. Then, as the days shorten and fall days begin, plants shift into flowering and fruiting mode. Finally, wintertime brings dormancy or death to most plants. It’s a built-in clock in every plant. Different plants run on different schedules, but it’s all tied to the length of daylight hours. Indoor and hydroponic gardeners can use timers to supply any amount of light on any schedule that’s needed to produce the desired results. Indoor grow lights allow the creation of artificial seasons that can help produce plant growth and maturity whenever desired.
Temperatures Affect Plant Growth Cycles
Temperature changes throughout the year also influence the cycle of life for plants. As the soil warms in the springtime, seeds sprout and begin to grow. Increasing warmth encourages lush growth of foliage and stems. As temperatures get lower in the fall, plants shift their energy to produce fruits and seeds. For many deciduous plants and bulbs, cold winter days are also needed to trigger the cycle each year. By controlling temperatures in an indoor growing environment, Twin Cities hydroponic and indoor gardeners can simulate the temperatures of any season indoors. Since grow lights usually produce more heat than is needed, altering the amount of ventilation used to remove excess heat can modify plant responses.
Availability of Water Can Trigger Changes
Spring and summer rains are crucial for supplying the water that plants need for vigorous growth. In most areas, rains decrease toward the end of summer, prompting plants to use their stored energy to produce fruit and seeds in anticipation of the end of the growing season. As with lighting, hydroponic gardeners can use timers and tools to control the delivery of water and nutrients to their plants according to programmed schedules. Some plants require being stressed by a shortage of water before shifting into maturity and fruiting.
Light Quality and Color Spectrum Are Important Factors
The spectrum of light available to plants changes throughout the year, too. When the sun is high in the sky, more of the blue part of the spectrum helps plants produce lush foliage to maximize photosynthesis and growth. As summer ends and the sun is lower in the sky, the light shifts toward the red end of the spectrum, triggering maturity and seed and fruit production. One of the easiest things for the hydroponic and indoor gardener to control is the spectrum of lighting being used. Switching HID lighting from Metal Halide to High Pressure Sodium bulbs can easily simulate the change of light spectrum as the seasons change.
Bring Four Seasons to Your Twin Cities Indoor Hydroponic Garden
Everything you need to create year-round garden production is available at our convenient hydroponics and grow light store. When you shop in our Minneapolis Interior Gardens store, you’ll find all the high-quality grow light, hydroponic setups, hydroponic nutrients, organic soils and fertilizers and plenty of tools and accessories you need for any type of gardening at prices that are unmatched anywhere. You’ll also find information, advice and support to help you achieve maximum yields. Our 20+ years in this business is your assurance of success with everything we sell.