How to Use a Grow Light to Help your Plants Grow
- Seeds or seedling plants (if starting fresh)
- Peat soil (to help seedlings start to spread roots)
- Varying sizes of pots to fit plant needs
- Bolts and Screws
1. Seedlings vs. Plants
2. Choosing Bulbs
It’s important to make sure you are using the correct bulb for the right plant. High-density bulbs work super great for hardier plants such as ferns or rose bushes. Lower density bulbs need to be used for succulents or soft-stemmed flowers such as peonies and poppies. Depending on the area you live in, certain plants will grow better than others. Colored bulbs are also necessary when it comes to helping plants grow. Some plants thrive off of red or blue lights instead of just regular white light.
It’s important to set up your grow lamps with distance from the plants. A safe distance for most plants is 4 to 5 feet away from the actual plant. Some hardier plants would require a closer grow distance, but be careful when using high density or strong UV bulbs. A strong bulb positioned too close to a plant can damage the plant, especially if growing seedlings or younger plants. Vegetable plants can also become damaged very easily when using a high density or high heat bulb. Make sure to look at the growing instructions for each plant you are growing to determine how much sunlight each one requires. After you figure the sunlight needs out, you can adjust the grow lamps accordingly.