Full Spectrum light bulbs for indoor plants

Ross Koning koning at ECSUC.CTSTATEU.EDU
Mon Oct 25 07:32:52 EST 1999

At 9:54 AM -0500 10/23/99, Stephanie wrote:
>David Hershey <dh321 at excite.com> wrote:
>>Full spectrum bulbs actually provide less light for photosynthesis than
>>cheaper cool white fluorescent tubes.  <snip>
>But if any of the plants are to bloom, I do believe that requires the
>full spectrum plant lights.....right?

Hi Stephanie,

Special lamps are NOT required. At one point
in my teen-years I had a whole basement full
of African violets blooming under regular
cool white fluorescent lamps.  Just remember
to have the tubes only a few inches above
the foliage.


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