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Apr 26, 2018 7:53 AM CST
I have recently set up a small indoor greenhouse in order to start growing mango, orange and lemon tress from seed. I know these type of plants need warmth and eventually a lot of sunlight so i decided to add a heat mat and growing lights (I live in an old Victorian flat with 125 year old windows and no windowsills so I cannot put plants in front of them as it would be too cold and there is nowhere to place them). I had a spare LED strip light that I was using for my aquarium and wondered if this would work for my plants. I've read that plants require primarily red and blue light and the LEDs have a setting that means they can fade between all colours. Would this work as a grow light as it is going through the whole colour spectrum?
Thank you in advance.
Apr 26, 2018 10:48 AM CST
White light has the entire color spectrum in it and plants are very capable of sorting out the colors they need on their own. The important part is having a light that is considered a "daylight" bulb. If the light your bulb is giving off appears white or bluish, it is a daylight bulb. If it appear yellowish, its not.
You may have to place your light very close to your plants, maybe only a couple inches above them, so watch for heat build up. Plant or reptile heat mats always help in seed germination.
Your house sounds awesome (except for the heating bill)
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