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Take Your Gardening to the Next Level with These Plant Grow Lights

Country Living Logo By Arricca Elin Sansone of Country Living | Slide 1 of 16: We all wish we had wall-to-wall windows so all of our houseplants could enjoy their well-deserved time in the sun. Unfortunately that is not the case for most of us, but that doesn't mean your plants need to suffer due to a lack of natural light. While many houseplants can adapt to lower light conditions, they won't look their best. Plus, they'll also be more susceptible to pests and disease. How can you tell if your plant is not doing too well? A plant that isn't getting sufficient light will turn from a vibrant green to pale green yellow or white and the plant's stems will grow long and thin in search of light (not a cute look). Grow lights also allow you to start seedlings indoors even before planting season has started so you can get a jump-start on your spring and summer gardening. Most grow lights are LEDs, which are more efficient and don't throw as much heat as fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. There a lots of different kinds of grow lights that can fit your specific gardening needs. They can attach to shelving, stand alone, fit in small spaces or provide light for a whole slew of plants. Another thing to note is that they are extremely bright, so they really aren't a good idea in your bedroom (many grow lights need to be on 14 hours or more per day, if you're starting seedlings, for example). Some come with built-in timers so you won't forget to turn the lights on or off and you'll be sure your plants are getting just the right amount of light. For more plant related advice, find out which plants are pet friendly and how to rid your indoor plants of bugs.

We all wish we had wall-to-wall windows so all of our houseplants could enjoy their well-deserved time in the sun. Unfortunately that is not the case for most of us, but that doesn't mean your plants need to suffer due to a lack of natural light. While many houseplants can adapt to lower light conditions, they won't look their best. Plus, they'll also be more susceptible to pests and disease. How can you tell if your plant is not doing too well? A plant that isn't getting sufficient light will turn from a vibrant green to pale green yellow or white and the plant's stems will grow long and thin in search of light (not a cute look).


Grow lights also allow you to start seedlings indoors even before planting season has started so you can get a jump-start on your spring and summer gardening. Most grow lights are LEDs, which are more efficient and don't throw as much heat as fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. There a lots of different kinds of grow lights that can fit your specific gardening needs. They can attach to shelving, stand alone, fit in small spaces or provide light for a whole slew of plants.

Another thing to note is that they are extremely bright, so they really aren't a good idea in your bedroom (many grow lights need to be on 14 hours or more per day, if you're starting seedlings, for example). Some come with built-in timers so you won't forget to turn the lights on or off and you'll be sure your plants are getting just the right amount of light. For more plant related advice, find out which plants are pet friendly and how to rid your indoor plants of bugs.

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