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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Growing Medicinal and Magical Plants and Herbs Indoors Under Fluorescent Light. A Introduction to indoor gardening.

SHAMANS SECRET GARDEN ARTICLE:


Growing Medicinal and Magical Plants and 
Herbs Indoors Under Fluorescent Lights. 
A general ntroduction to indoor gardening using 
fluorescent light bulbs for the modern shaman.
By Tiki Fire

You can grow almost anything with
fluorescent lights, you just need to know
to use them properly.

A Introduction and basic Overview.
Not everyone has the pleasure of growing plants
outside all year long. Many people only have a
few months and a limited choice of medicinal
and magical plants to grow. Growing indoors
opens one up to growing these special plants
all year long, with a almost unlimited choice
of types of plants to choose from.

If you plan using organic soil or hydroponics,
fluorescent lights can have a place in your
indoor garden.

YOU CAN GROW
• Plants
• Herbs
Sage, Garlic, etc.
• Cactus
San Pedro Cactus, Prickly Pear Cactus, etc.
• Succulents
• Flowers


OVERVIEW
In this article we will focus on three areas of using fluorescent
lights for growing medicianal and magical plants indoors:

1.  The different types of fluorescent lights and fixtures.
2. How to properly use fluorescent bulbs for growing plants.
3. The benefits of using fluorescent lighting to grow palnts.

 (Classic Tube Bulbs)
 (Classic Screw in Compact Bulbs)

Fluorescent lights have been used by the indoor grower since
they became popular in the 1960's and 70's. They have 
waxed and waned in there popularity as a grow light over the 
years, with changing technology and fades, but they have 
always been around and used by the  indoor grower in some 
stage of plant growth.  Today fluorescent lights are again 
growing in popularity due to lower prices and less energy 
usage as compared to a traditional light bulb. They are a 
great grow light for growing plants indoors.

Benefits of using Fluorescent lights
1. Low energy use. 67% less than regular bulb.
2. Inexpensive.
3. Great broad spectrum of light for plant growth.
4. Low heat.
5. Safer.
6. Long lasting. Can last 16 x longer.
7. Great for vegetative growth.

Negatives of using Fluorescent lights

1. Not so "Green" to make & dispose of.
2. Does not do well in cold temps.
3. Can start to "Flicker".
4. Takes a few seconds to fully warm up.
5. Must place lights close to plants for best results.

TYPES of Fluorescent Grow Lights & Fixtures
First, you must understand the different types of bulbs
available to the grower, and the strengths and weaknesses of 
each type of bulb.

There are two basic types of lights for use by the
indoor grower today, they are COMPACT FLUORESCENT
and TUBE FLUORESCENT light bulbs. We will provide
a good general overview of these bulbs.

FLUORESCENT TUBES
This is the type of long tube bulb we see in use by
most schools and offices. They emit light over a
long area. They have been used the longest by
indoor gardeners.

TWO TYPES OF TUBE FLUORESCENTS
1. STANDARD
2. INDUSTRIAL HIGH OUTPUT

COMPACT FLUORESCENT (CFL)

This is the new popular "screw in" type bulb that is
quickly replacing regular light bulbs in homes.
There are two basic types of bulbs, they
differ in the sockets they use.

TYPES OF COMPACT FLUORESCENTS (CFLs)
1. Normal Socket 
These grow bulbs screw into a standard
everyday light socket.
2. Industrial Socket
These grow bulbs screw into a special type of
fixture and socket and will not work in a
standard socket at all.
3. Plug In
Instead of screwing in, this one plugs into the socket.

COMPACT FLUORESCENT (CFL) WATTS
Compared to a standard incandescent light bulb.
CFL = Incandescent (Regular)
10w 40w
13w-15w 60w
20w 75w
26w-29w 100w
38w-42w 150w
55w 250w -300w


COMPACT FLUORESCENT (CFL) LUMENS

Light output averages.
CFL = LUMENS (light values)
10w 800
13w-15w 900
20w 1,200
25w-29w 1,850
38w-42w 2,800
55w 3,600

RULE OF GREEN THUMB (Tip 1)
Most plants need about 1,000 lumens of light
output per square foot for healthy growth.


RULE OF GREEN THUMB (Tip 2)
Fluorescent lights must be placed very close
to the tops of your plants for healthy growth
because the light is not very intense.
1-3 inches away from plants is best.


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