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How to Grow Vegetable Plants Indoors Using UV Lights

2 February 2014 3 Comments

indoor vegetable gardenThe other day, I wrote about how to grow vegetable plants in an apartment. I addressed what window to put your plants in, and what sort of sunlight they need. But what if you live in a place where there is very little sunlight, or want to start a vegetable garden in your basement? You can grow vegetable plants indoors using UV lights.

What Kinds of Lights Are Needed to Grow Vegetable Plants Indoors?

Technically speaking, you could use any light source to grow vegetable plants indoors. You could tilt a lamp so that the light falls directly on seedlings, to give them the light they need. Most people who grow vegetables indoors, though, use UV grow lights.

How to Use Lights to Grow Plants Indoors

Place all your seeds or seedlings in individual little pots. Place all of the little lovelies on a table so that they are all on the same level. Get the containers as close together as possible. Use lightweight chains to suspend the UV light over the vegetable plants. The light should be no higher than six inches above the plants at all times. When the plants grow a couple of inches, move the lights up,  but never let the light be more than six inches higher. If the light source is too far above the plants, you will get long, thin, spindly stems that are weak. Weak, spindly stems don’t support leaves and fruit very well!

If you are going to transplant the seedlings into the garden, harden them off before taking them outside.

Originally posted 2009-10-14 21:40:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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