Growing Vegetables Indoors with HPS Lighting

Growing Vegetables Indoors with HPS Lighting

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There are a few things plants must have in order to grow; water, oxygen and light are three of those must-have essentials. Growing vegetables indoors presents a challenge on how to deliver the optimum amount of light to growing plants without causing the utility bill to skyrocket, thus under-mining all the savings gained by growing vegetables at home. HPS lighting (high pressure sodium lighting) is a great light source that will help indoor-growing vegetable plants develop rapidly and produce abundantly, things that all gardeners want from their plants.

Vegetative Stage

The major alternative to HPS lighting is Metal Halide lighting. Each light produces a different spectrum of light. HPS lights stay on the red side of the spectrum while MH lights are on the blue end.  In the earliest stages of a plant’s life, adequate lighting from the blue end of the spectrum is needed to provide the tiny plant with the energy it needs to grow into a mature plant. MH lighting has been the lighting choice for indoor gardeners for years because the bulbs can provide the proper light that the tender young seedlings need. With plenty of energy stored, the tender seedling can grow strong to produce high food yields and fend off diseases.

Fruiting Stage

The correct time to start using stronger HPS lighting is when your plants are mature enough to start producing fruit. When reaching maturity and your plants begin to develop and produce buds, yellow and red spectrum lighting is needed. The red spectrum is very strong helping the plants overall yield. HPS lighting has the needed yellow and red spectrum light at a higher output than many LED lights or Metal Halide bulbs. This means HPS lighting will stimulate flower and fruit production more effectively. Click here to learn more about Growing Vegetables With HPS Lights

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