Obviously growing plants outdoors help immensely when you have hours of free perfect light. With the power of the sun and the richness of the earth and effervesent rains out door growers have nothing to worry about. Except for bad weather a drought or pest. Well now you can recreate the same enviornment inside and reap the rewards of great quality plants and vegetables. Indoor gardens often fail due to over feeding, over heating, or lighting get to close. Remember the plants and vegs prefer simple gardens that allows them to do their work naturally. In order to grow large indoor plants its essential that you understand what’s going on with in the root zone as well as the roots and how they are functioning underneath. Almost everthing that happens in the root zone is chemical. The roots grow billions of tiny hairs that are highly sensitive and can absorb moisture and minerals on a molecular level. This is how plants and veggies get 95 percent of its water. The other 5 percent is through foliar feeding. After absorbng water the roots send food up the stalk and stems for final processing. The ingredients are used within the leaves mixed with sunlight to create sugar that the plants use for food. This process happens during photosynthesis. All the unused food made goes back down to the root zone to be stored later. So the larger the root the more fruit is the phrase i use to describe a healthy root zone. Plants yeild are directly proportional to the root size. But there are ways to trick your plants by using flat or more wide tubs then deep pots. Also keep the plants short and stocky instead of tall and thin. Giving the plants good horizontal space in soil prevents root bound plants. And it also helps promote bushy plants be use plants mostly on grow out as far as their root zone. Also the other tips for growing indoors are trellising and topping. Having these techniques in place enlarges the plants canopy size that helps prouce larger yeilds. Also topping involves pinching or cutting off the plants upper top shoot which makes the auxins splits and grow more internodes lower on the plant. Which in return creates more flowers, buds, or fruits. One of the last tips from growing your plants indoors is lighting. You should include the distance of the lights frm the gardens canopy. But unfortunely nothing man made can equal the amount of light the sun has. But if you monitor the plant closely for needs you can come very close in quality. First thing you need to know is spectrum of light. The sun offers a full spectrum of light so too should your indoor lights. The best lights to use are metal halide or high pressure sodium. Both of these lights are high intensity discharge lights and provide a great spectrum of light. Once you have the proper lighting and spectrum allow your plants to grow to their maxium potential, with out the plants being to close to the light and causing heat burn. Try to keep the plants and veggs shorts so they can receive the maxium amount of light. This helps the plant use lesser energy to transport food. During the veg phase more white light should be used to prevent stretching. And hps lights are for more bloom for they have a more red spectrum. This is a recreation of the sun in the fall. But in the in monitor your babies use the right light keep plants short and busy and you will prosper.
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.
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