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Old 02-07-2011, 10:35 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a decent grow light kit that's not too pricey. I'm trying to start early this year. Any experience with these?
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:59 PM   #2
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A big southern-exposure window has always worked best for me. Failing that, a fluorescent full-spectrum fixture does OK. Buy a cheap fixture and the bulb and hang it with string, wire or chains.

Are you just getting your seedlings going or are you doing container gardening?
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A big southern-exposure window has always worked best for me. Failing that, a fluorescent full-spectrum fixture does OK. Buy a cheap fixture and the bulb and hang it with string, wire or chains.

Are you just getting your seedlings going or are you doing container gardening?
Thanks for the tip. I'm just getting them going.
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I'm sure that Orangello will be able to give you some advice on this subject.
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Well I went to Wally World & got a desk lamp with an aquarium growth bulb for the time being. I'll get the fluorescent fixture soon.
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A big southern-exposure window has always worked best for me. Failing that, a fluorescent full-spectrum fixture does OK. Buy a cheap fixture and the bulb and hang it with string, wire or chains.

Are you just getting your seedlings going or are you doing container gardening?

My son is a Horticulture major in college and this is exactly what he does. He has a cheap fluorescent fixture he rigged up with wire onto to a stand he made of pvc tubing. He grows hot peppers for himself and tomato plants for me that eventually get moved outside when the weather is right.
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He grows hot peppers for himself and tomato plants for me that eventually get moved outside when the weather is right.
Yeah, uh-huh, okay.
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The best grow lights are the big metal halide lights you can get down at the police evidence auctions.

Seriously, for starting seedlings, get a shop light fixture at Lowes/ Home depot. Use the good plant light bulbs. You can hang from light w/ chain so that light can be raised as plants grow. Regular fluorescents are the wrong color spectrum- not enough red, plants will get REAL tall and spindly.

We did an A frame set up 4 ft long, 4 levels of lamps, for starting about 200 tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage- even used it for early start on squash, zucchini, cantaloupe. Used shiny aluminum foil hanging on outside to reflect light back.

Neighbors thought I had a grow operation going.
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Yeah, uh-huh, okay.
Well, that's what he tells me, anyway.
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