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In this article, I would like to provide some very useful tips for anyone looking to start up an indoor garden. I will also bring up a pitfall or two which many new growers need to learn to avoid. The information here mainly applies to growers who use fluorescent grow lights, but other light users would most likely benefit from reading it also.

The first thing you should do, before you even start actually growing your plants, is research whatever plant you are going to grow. This is very important, because different plants often like much different sources of light and living conditions. If you are using fluorescent lights, you definitely need to make sure that whatever you want to grow will be able to thrive in that type of lighting. Many people make the mistake of using the wrong lights for their plants, and the plants’ health suffers because of it.

You also need to know how much light that you plants like to have. If whatever you are growing requires at least 40 watts per square foot, then you of course would not want to be only giving them 25 or so. You also must be careful not to give them too much, or they can get burned or get weak. If you have trouble finding how much light your plants need, then having a minimum of 25 watts per square foot is a good rule of thumb.

Whether you are using fluorescent grow lights or any other type of light, you must know hoe close to keep your lights to your plants. Many people often just throw a big light 4 feet above their plants, and then they wonder why they aren’t growing. For every foot you move your light away from your plants, they get one fourth of the light they got before. For this reason, keep your lights close to your plants, but make sure they don’t touch them.

If you are a new grower and you follow these simple tips, you will most likely be successful on your first grow. Just remember to research everything you can about the plant you are growing since that’s the most important. If you get the fluorescent lighting right for your plants, they should thrive and grow beautifully.

By Michael Gerritsen

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