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This entry was posted on July 5, 2019 by Michael DiPaolo.
Many classic house plants such as spider plants and ficus trees grow well in the relatively low light levels found in most homes and apartments. With many other plants however, more light is needed to succeed. Salad greens and fresh herbs like basil, chives, and cilantro require a more direct sun or supplemented artificial light to thrive. Even in a sunny window, an herb garden may grow slowly and still not offer big yields. These plants just need more light for fast, healthy growth, and the simple addition of grow lights may increase yields by 500% or more.
Flowering plants like tomatoes, peppers, or petunias require even more light than herbs and salad greens- either the "perfect" sunny window or higher powered grow lights. Grow Light technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last few years and so have AeroGardens. All of our models now use state-of-the-art LED technology to deliver up to 50% more growth while using up to 60% less power than AeroGardens with CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights) Grow Lights. All AeroGardens tailor the light spectrum for optimal growth by concentrating daylight white light for fast growth, blue light for bigger yields, and red light for more flowers.
All AeroGardens come with automated, built in LED grow light panels that provide everything plants need to produce and flourish - no need for a sunny window! When planting your seed pods, make certain your Grow Lights are at the lowest possible position. Basil is usually the first to sprout and grows rapidly, but avoid raising the lights until all other plants are well established. Create space for slow-growing plants by trimming and pruning the surrounding plants frequently so they do not actually touch the Grow Lights. Always keep your plants an inch or two below the lights as they are growing and don’t hesitate to prune if needed; your plants like it!
This entry was posted in Indoor Gardening Tips on July 5, 2019 by Michael DiPaolo.
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What should I do when my tomato plant outgrows from under the light.
Paulette- By the time your tomato plant gets to be this size, the plant will have branches coming off the main stem. This is called a tomato sucker. Using a sharp, clean pair of pruning shears, snip these small sucker branches off. The best time to prune tomato plants is in the early morning. I recommend looking at youtube videos if you are not sure what a sucker branch looks like.
What about using just the light grow to grow succulents?
Is there away to change from the old grow lights to LED ones?
You can absolutely use the light to grow succulents. Succulents really thrive in an AeroGarden. Some of our older CFL models have light hoods that can be replaced with LED versions. I recommend calling customer service at 1-800-476-9669 for the US and 1-800-611-9058 for Canada to discuss the available options for replacing your old light hood with a new LED grow light.
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