Starting plants indoors is a great way to get a jump on the planting season. Plants started long before the end of cold weather can extended your harvest and bring beauty to your yard quickly.
The controlled conditions of indoor gardening are perfect for successful seed germination. But what if your conditions are less than perfect? A crucial element of indoor gardening is light. The lack of window space (or any windows in a basement) could cancel your indoor growing plans.
If you find yourself "sunlight challenged," you may need plant grow lights for seed germination.
A Full Spectrum Of Light
The color of light is measured in degrees Kelvin (K). Lower K values indicate warmer (more red) light and higher K values indicate cooler (more blue) light. In nature, sunlight promotes seed germination. The sun provides timing cues and energy for seeds to grow.
In terms of color temperature, sunlight is around 6000 K. By contrast, a standard incandescent bulb has a color temperature of 2700 K. A light that provides a color temperature close to that of the sun will best promote seed germination.
Types Of Bulbs
Modern technology has produced a wide variety of light bulbs and each have different properties that make them more or less appropriate for indoor gardening.
When you soak seeds, you allow water to fully penetrate the hull of the seed, nourishing the germ that will bloom into a plant. Seeds will get food from the nutrients in the soil surrounding them once they are planted, but to flourish they need plenty of water.
There is a concept in coaching called seed planting. It means that it takes time for new ideas and suggestions to be embraced. There are clients that take hold of a new idea and run with it, some take a little more time to allow the idea to grow while others can take years before the idea sprouts.