Grow Lights

Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:58 am

Currently moving the wife's indoor house plants inside for the winter. We (well the wife) has more plants than window space.

Need recommendations for grow lights.


Thu Sep 21, 2006 12:51 pm

I have ideas but fear to share them. If Beverly gets wind of them she will have me building more space for hers.


Thu Sep 21, 2006 12:56 pm

Get some inexpensive 4' fluorescent shop lights and put wide spectrum (GroLux is a common brand) tubes in them. The lights should be within 12" of the foliage to mimick full sun outside. If you're using them to suppliment sunlight from a window, 18" is okay. I've built plant stands out of 2x4s and attached the lights with chain, used styrofoam under the various sized pots to get the foliage the same distance from the lights. Big, bushy plants will need fluorescent lights on the sides and rear of the stand also. Stay away from incandescent lights - they get too hot.

Use shallow trays (old cookie sheets) with pea gravel (the round quartz pebbles) in them under the pots to increase humidity, keep just enough water in the trays so the pebbles are about 1/4 out of the water. Kinda pile pebbles under each pot to keep the plants from getting waterlogged.

Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:22 am

Hey guys...Around these parts if yer talkin' bout GROW LIGHTS yer talkin' bout Tennessee's SECOND highest producin' crop :!: :!: :shock:

Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:26 am

Same here country. :lol:

Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:11 am

Guy has to have some sort of untaxed income. It's crack production here.

Wife has one cactus thats 6' tall and potted in a 3" dia. container. We have to use a dolly to move the thing around. Several smaller cactus.

Did purchase and install a 4' flourescent fixture and two bulbs.


Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:01 pm

your local home improvement store usually stocks the 4' , 2' or 12" sunlight flourescent bulbs. buy a timer as well, usually $10. also a good source of indoor growing tips is high times magazine, one of the surveyors gave me a copy of one, because we were going to put a new highway in meigs county ohio.