Let your houseplants thrive even in the darker months of the year

During the winter season, when daylight hours are shorter than in summer, providing extra light for our plants at home can be crucial.

While not all plants require grow lights, plants with higher light requirements, such as succulents and tropical plants, will benefit greatly from additional lighting. The decision to invest in full spectrum LED lights is worthwhile as they mimic natural sunlight and can significantly support plant growth in the darker months.

Consider the wattage required based on the size of your plant collection and the specific light requirements of each species. It is also advisable to aim for 12 to 16 hours of light per day to simulate longer daylight hours. For example, you can use timers to automate the lighting schedule and ensure that the plants receive the right amount of light without disturbing their natural rhythm.

However, do not be tempted to water too much when using a grow light. It is true that a small amount of heat can emanate from the lamp itself, which can dry out the top layer of soil faster than normal. However, it is possible that the roots of the plant are still happy and moist.

The experts from #homesandgardens give insider tips: https://www.homesandgardens.com/gardens/grow-lights-for-houseplants

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