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Old 06-24-2008, 03:44 AM   #1
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Lol... so I got thinkin about my EKG rhizome that I planted about a month ago. I realize it was a little late to plant but this year should be mainly root development. Anyways, I came up with a brilliant way to light that sucker up 24/7!! HAH! I live on the 2nd floor of my apartment building, and there are building "saftey flood lights" that are supposed to used to illuminate the sidewalk. The landlord pays the electric on that sucker. Well, I sorta borrowed one, pointed it on my deck where my little 1ft tall 1st year EKG rhizome is growing! Free night time light! Penny's tomato, cilantro, and basil should kick arse too!

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Old 06-24-2008, 10:35 AM   #2
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Will plants benefit from 24/7 sunlight? I'm sure you know better then me just curious if you were serious. If so, awesome lol.

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Old 06-24-2008, 12:19 PM   #3
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From what I understand, after the plant has an established root system and has started to produce leaves, it can get 18-24 hours of light. When you want the plant to flower, reduce the light to 12 hours a day. SO I'm thinkin i'll leave the light on it for a good month or two and see how fast it grows, then move the light back down on the sidewalk.

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Did you put one of those special plant bulbs in it? Otherwise I dont think it will make much of a difference. Sunlight and lightbulbs arent the same thing.

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Did you put one of those special plant bulbs in it? Otherwise I dont think it will make much of a difference. Sunlight and lightbulbs arent the same thing.
They need UV right?
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Old 06-24-2008, 02:50 PM   #6
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Plants need a mix of red and blue light wavelengths. Incandescents are good for red, fluorescents are good for blue. This is supplemental lighting so it doesn't matter if you don't have the complete spectrum from the supplemental light. They will still do photosynthesis. All the special bulbs do is help to keep the plants from getting too leggy. I personally don't like them because while they put out a good spectrum, they put out less total light and are $$. I prefer a mix of cool and warm fluorescents and one incandescent for growing plants under lights. Most plants will grow just fine with 24 hrs of light. Lots of the monster vegetables that are grown in Alaska are because of the very long days so the plants can do more photosynthesis. You won't need to change the light for flower formation - hops like long days. Now if you are growing poinsettias, those wouldn't flower.


Now if it were cacti, they like some night. They've adapted to do half of photosyntesis during the day (the energy collecting part) and then the other half at dark (carbon fixation). This way they can open the stomata at night, not during the day to get CO2 and minimize the water that is lost in the process. CO2 goes in, water goes out, there is no way around it

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All the special bulbs do is help to keep the plants from getting too leggy.
Light intensity will keep the plants from stretching. I seriously doubt the plants will get any help from a street light.
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You can get flourescents in both red and blue wavelenghts. They're called warm white and cool white. I don't know if I agree about incandescent bulbs having any use. You can use metal halide or high pressure sodium if you want some real light horsepower but I don't think an ordinary household incandescent has the right wavelength or enough intensity to do any good. You'd have to have the bulb so close to the plant that you'd burn it to get even the smallest effect. As it is, the flourescents need to be right on top of the plant to keep it from stretching.

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You'd have to have the bulb so close to the plant that you'd burn it to get even the smallest effect. As it is, the flourescents need to be right on top of the plant to keep it from stretching.
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Also, flowering/fruiting plants have different light spectrum/intensity requirements. Flowering plants need very intense light. Flourescents/incandescents wont's do the trick here.
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You also have to consider that these hops are outside. So for 11-12 hours a day they are getting direct sunlight and as soon as it goes dusk the floods come on. The rules are a little bit different than an indoor grow situation. Also, I'm not paying the electric on this light, nor can I change or move the fixture other than where its pointed.

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