I live in the Pacific Northwest and the next few months we
won't be able to harvest lettuce in the garden. Being we have
a grow light system for seeding in Feb to April, I thought
we'd try to use this system for growing salad greens now.
Does anybody have suggestions on which salad greens will grow
best (to maturity) under grow lights? We're a little unsure of
which to grow - we've started lettuce under the lights early
in the year but have always planted them outside as seedlings.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Mark and Patricia
Graham WA here @ the foot hills of Mt. Rainier.
The short answer: you would have no problems growing lettuces with "grow"
lights. I grow Arugula, Bibb, Red and Green leaf in winter as well as keep
my culinary herbs alive for year round cooking. Your Province( BC?) leads
the way in this kind of thing.
The more detailed answers would require more info. Without specifics on
your lights. setup, etc it is hard to give you specifics. Do you have
Florescent, MH, or HPS light(s)? and what in wattage? What distance is the
light source from the plant, do you have supplemental light( i.e. outside
light, other ambient light)? How do you grow them? soil? Hydro?
What we use today for measurement is lumens, and bigger is still better
until you can learn to fine tune for your requirements.
use these loose figures for approx. planning
< 200W is good for a 2x2' area
Obviously, Florescents are a bit different planning than HIDs but can be
just as attractive especially if using the newer T5s.
CFLs are coming up in usage as are LEDs
I posted this site here on R.G.E a few days back for just such info:
Just remember there are alternatives to the "Garden/Organic/Feel Good "
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