Do I Need Grow Lights?

Everything you ever wanted to know about grow lights for greenhouses and container gardening

Grow lights are pretty amazing supplies that make gardening out of season or out of ideal growing climates possible. Grow lights are complementary to both container gardening and greenhouses.

Berry Jerry takes a look at grow lights for berry gardening…

It is absolutely ideal if you can expose your berry plants to natural sunlight for six to eight hours a day because berries thrive in sunlight. But let’s face it, everyone doesn’t have that option. For those who don’t, grow lights are an alternative.

Using grow lights you can provide your berry plants with simulated sunlight that will enable you to grow berries anywhere in the world, even if you live in a little apartment or in overcast weather conditions.

Incandescent grow lights are usually used for starting seedlings or for individual plants, but for the most part fluorescent grow lights are best for berry plants and bushes.

HID (high intensity discharge) grow lights make good sense if your berries don’t get any sunlight at all. They do tend to be a little more expensive than other types of grow lights but they are also more energy efficient.

Grow lights are definitely necessary if you can’t sun-bathe your berries for at least six hours a day. They can be used for indoor container gardening, to supplement sun for outdoor plants that don’t get enough natural sunlight or to supplement sunlight in a greenhouse. If you use grow lights outdoors, for safety sake, be sure they are rated for outdoor use.

Did you know? Light is the source of energy for photosynthesis in plants which transforms carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and releases oxygen into the air.

One of the most common mistakes people make when using grow lights to provide light for their berries is providing them with too much light. Berries need six to eight hours of sunlight, but darkness is also important to simulating their natural growing environment. From sunset to sunrise, the grow lights should be turned off and the berry plants should be given the opportunity to rest in darkness.

It can be difficult to mesh your schedule with the berry plants’ light needing schedules. For that reason there are grow lights with timers that can be programmed to come on and go off at specific times. Using timed grow lights will make it easier for you to maintain proper light conditions for your berry garden.

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