Artificial lighting for herbs

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Artificial lighting for herbs

Post by Paul Co » Mon, 12 Sep 1994 17:03:16



I would like to start a herb Garden but I am limited by a northern
exposure and a large white pine tree to using a light source other that
our good 'ol Sol. What will be required for me to be successful?
 
 
 

Artificial lighting for herbs

Post by Ruminant Ha » Tue, 13 Sep 1994 23:41:32



Quote:

>I would like to start a herb garden but I am limited by a northern
>exposure and a large white pine tree to using a light source other that
>our good 'ol Sol. What will be required for me to be successful?

You need to use flourescent lights, preferably the kind that are the
"natural" kind, i.e., that have the full spectrum. I've only used
regular flourescent bulbs (I'm waiting for them to burn out to replace
them with the better ones). Indoor plant lighting is described in some
books, like Mel Bartholomew's "Square-Foot Gardening".

Last I looked, a typical setup would be to have three parallel double
48-inch shop lights above a 4' x 4' growing space. If you want
anything smaller than than, be sure that the light is concentrated
enough.

I suppose you'd also need to keep up the watering during the winter,
since the indoor air can be very dry.