Winter has arrived unexpectedly, as usual. In most places around the world it means that plants need much more care than normally. During winter, the most complicated issue for plants is lack of light.
What’s interesting is that people understand the necessity of light differently. A lot of our customers from Brazil complain that they don't have enough light there while customers from Norway confirm they have more light than necessary to grow their plants. We should bear in mind that plants feel light in their own way, not the way we do. How could we know, whether our plant has light enough for sprouting and growing?
Here are some pictures of our customers’ plants and you can clearly see that the plants bend towards the light, desperately searching for it, stretching and suffering from the light stress:
If your plant behaves like that, you should promptly provide it with an additional source of light.
In order to learn how much light your plant receives, you may use the LUX meter app with your smartphone or IPad. Although the range of similar apps is quite large, we are using the following apps for measuring light conditions in our office:
- IPhone/IPad: https://itunes.apple.com/ee/app/luxmeter/id526675593?mt=8
- Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.notquitethem.android.luxmeter
The majority of Click & Grow plants require a minimum of 1800 LUX light for at least 6 hours a day. Pay attention that this is the absolute minimum to ensure the growth of your plant. A proper light for growing plants could be within 5000 - 8000 LUX.
Of course, such light intensity is not possible everywhere, and that is why it is necessary to add additional light sources. The easiest way is to use a conventional desk lamp with saving bulb. The best saving bulbs are the ones with color temperature of light more than 5000 K (Cool White), although saving bulbs with lower color temperature (Warm White) of light are also helpful.