Just before taking a bite of that last home grown tomato each summer the longing for next years harvest begins for me. Nothing can compare to the taste of a great tomato variety you can only find in the produce from a seed you grew in your home garden. With today’s lighting technology it is possible to enjoy that home grown experience year-round without having to set foot in the garden. In today’s post I’m sharing some great tips I stumbled upon that have helped me growing with LED lights year-round.
Growing tomato’s indoors is a great way to have fresh tomatoes year round without having to worry about the weather outside. There are many ways to grow veggies indoors but the newest craze is LED lighting. Growing tomato plants indoors using light emitting diodes (LED’s) offers several advantages to traditionally outdoor grown tomato farming. Growing tomatoes indoors requires a LED that has a broad-spectrum range of color. LED lights must be able to accommodate the plant throughout all stages of growth, from germination and early growth stages, to flowering and fruit production. LED bulbs that include UV, blue, red, and white light in their spectrum are best suited for indoor grown tomatoes because they emit similar wave lengths of light that outdoor tomatoes would receive from the sun in a natural setting. Being able to successfully grow tomatoes indoors allows you to cultivate and harvest tomatoes year round, and frees you from the restrictions that outdoor tomato growing faces.
When growing indoors you have to be very careful that your lighting source does not overheat your crop. Temperature, in addition to light, is an important factor in growing healthy tomato plants indoors. There are many benefits to growing with LED lights and one of the most important benefits is the reasonable amount of heat they emit. LED lights do not generate the same heat as the natural light from the sun outside, and it is therefore important to maintain a proper indoor temperature in order to allow the plant to bloom and successfully produce the tomato fruit. Indoor tomato growing requires a temperature range between 65 °F – 85°F. Temperatures that deviate too far from that range can result in either a slow or under developed plant, or a tired and leggy plant that is unable to produce.
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