Grow Lights and Seasons
In nature, plants of all kinds have their own seasons. 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 changes throughout the year in several areas. The indoor
and hydroponic gardener can simulate many of these changes to produce
artificial seasons and fool plants into coming to maturity outside the
Length of Day - 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. Its a built-in clock in every plant. Different plants run on
different schedules, but its 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 is needed to produce the desired results. This
allows the creation of artificial seasons that can help produce plant
maturity whenever desired.
Temperature - 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 diminish 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, 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 adjust plant response.
Water - Spring and summer rains are crucial for
supplying the water plants need for vigorous growth. Typically in most
areas, rains diminish 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 other tools to control the delivery of water and
nutrients to their plants. Some plants require being stressed by a
shortage of water before shifting into maturity and fruiting.
Light Quality - 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 to 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 change 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.
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