Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D. lights work great for growing plants.
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According to the Mayo Clinic Website, “Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the ‘winter blues’ or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own — you may have seasonal affective disorder. Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications.”
Just like people need vitamin D to thrive so do plants. “Vitamin D is the only vitamin that the body can manufacture itself. The only requirement; is sunshine specifically ultraviolet B ray”.
Therefore, it is very common to grow plants with a florescent bulb or full spectrum light bulb like those used to treat Season Affective Disorder. Full spectrum bulbs use six or seven phosphors compared to one or two phosphors standard florescent bulbs use, explains Larry Weber, of naturallighting.com. By using S.A.D. lights to mimic the sun, you can help your body as well as get your plants to grow.
- Full spectrum light bulbs
- Potting soil
- Vegetable seeds/Houseplants
- Purchase your, S.A.D., full spectrum light bulbs so you will have them when you are ready to grow your plants. You can purchase inexpensive bulbs to fit in your existing overhead fixtures, or bulbs that will screw in any standard lamp socket. If you want to spend, a bit more you can purchase a light box.
- Purchase a bag of potting soil, vegetable seeds or houseplants you want to transfer into larger pots.
- Gather containers, such as egg cartons, yogurt containers or plastic trays from previously purchased plants and old flowerpots. Wash and disinfect your containers before planting your seeds. Do this by soaking them in one part bleach to 10 parts water mix.
- Fill the containers with potting soil and moisten the soil with water. Following the directions on the seed package, plant the seeds to the correct depth. Sprinkle them with water. If transplanting houseplants, use the next sized flowerpot. Using pots that are too big can lead to over watering.
- Place the containers under the full spectrum light. The plants will need many hours under the lights to grow properly. They may need 12-18 hours a day. As your seedlings start to grow, raise the light, keeping your plants a few inches away from the light, houseplants can be six to twelve inches away from the light source.
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