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Laidback Gardeners Tip of the Day

Light your Plants Cool and Warm

décembre 15It isn’t necessary to buy expensive horticultural tubes to light your houseplants: using the two most widely available fluorescent tubes, which are also the cheapest, will give you results close to or even better than the 20 to 40$ horticultural varieties. Just mix one Cool White tube (CW) and one warm white huge (WW) and you’ll give  your plants lighting of a sufficient quality for them to grow and bloom very well. Many people who produce plants for top plant shows use the cool white/warm white combination.

For great plants, just install a workshop lamp 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) above your plants and use a timer so they’ll have 14 to 16 hours of light per day. This will convince them they’re living an eternal summer, with the lush growth and abundant flowering that ensue.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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