The best plants to grow indoors under lights are greens. They require only basic daylight white bulbs. Fruiting plants such as tomato, pepper and cucumber required special, warmer spectrum, high-output lights that stimulate flowering.
Here is a list of the best plants to grow indoors under lights in the winter:
- leafy vegetables such lettuce, spinach, chard
- herbs such as basil, oregano and parsley
I use indoor grow lights from Hydrofarm available from Amazon for $59. The containers are Growums SIPs. The best lights are high-output daylight white at 6500K. Hydrofarm JumpStart 4 feet system has 50W, 6500 K bulb.
The lights must be on for 12-16 hours every day. I typically switch them on immediately after I come home from work in the evening and switch them off just before I leave for work in the morning.
AeroGarden is a simple aeroponics system with CFLs. There is no soil, potting mix or hydroponics. However, the container size is small and the system is relatively expensive at $140.
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