Indoor Lighting - Knowledgebase Question

Kingwood, TX
Question by jmb7
December 4, 1999
Ok...I have started this indoor vegetable garden from your seeds(which are turning out beautifully) and I use the standard flourescent plant lights. Now, everyone is talking about indoor lighting and what is the MINIMUM amount of light needed for the plants. However, being the best imitations of the sun, do I need to turn my fluorescent light source off at night or just keep this guy running 24 hr/day and 7days/week?

Answer from NGA
December 4, 1999


Glad to hear you're having success with your seedlings. You'll need to give your plants a rest each evening so they can recover from the day's activities. Keep the lights on for about 14 hours each day and turn them out at night. This period of darkness allows the plants to recoup and get ready to grow when daytime returns.

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