How to use a phytolamp correctly so as not to harm the plant

(ORDO NEWS) — It happens that you return home late at night, look up at the windows, and they burn with a purple light.

This means that your neighbors are growing flowers and trying to give them as much light as possible. But do plants really like these lamps?

It would seem that he turned on the purple lamp and that’s it, the flower is satisfied. Is not it so?

How phytolamps work

In order for a plant to live and photosynthesize, it needs light. And not any, namely red and blue. Under natural conditions, the necessary amount of illumination for flowers is provided by sunlight (white) light, which, as you know, is a mixture of photons of light waves of various lengths.

If the plant lives indoors, then it can wither due to a lack of penetrating light, and additional lighting can help in this situation – phytolamps, which simultaneously shine with both red and blue light – when mixed, they give purple.

How to use phytolamps correctly

At first, it may seem that the longer the phytolamp is turned on, the healthier the plant will be. Reasoning in this way, some people do not turn off their violet lamps at all.

However, experts believe that this cannot be done. “Plants need day and night,” says Tim Pollack, a florist at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

In the usual sense, plants do not sleep, but their body also has circadian rhythms that trigger various processes.

“During the day, plants absorb sunlight during photosynthesis, the process they use to generate energy,” writes science journalist Brooke Borel. “But when the sun goes down, other physiological processes kick in, like energy metabolism and growth.”

Therefore, you need to follow some rules for using phytolamps so as not to accidentally harm your indoor flowers. Florists and gardeners are advised to turn on such lighting for about 12-18 hours on cloudy days.

Also keep in mind that the time of use of phytolamps will also depend on the type of plant – some of them prefer partial shade.


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