November throughout January in Stockholm (59° N, same altitude as half way between Alaskan Anchorage and Juneau) means almost no day plant light good enough for photosynthesis. So how do you grow anything tropical where it’s too dark even for mosses?
Winter grow lights for plants
While seasonal plants and some succulents can be winter stored, winter is also the time of the year, when we appreciate the most some lush greenery and flowering. So I opted for an eternal tropical summer in our little flat with help of led grow lights.
My partner had installed for me eight hanging lamp holders over our biggest window for two years ago. Using 36W regular LED lamps there (not expensive special grow lights), we now have a proof of concept with winter flowering Plumeria, Heliconia, lush banana, palms and many more sun loving tropical plants.
So now we have decided for the same grow lights setup even over our second window in the living room. We install six more lamps here:
The grow lights used
I’m not using those “special” grow plant lights for two reasons. First of all they are almost 10 times more expensive than regular LED lights, while it have never been proved to give any better growing results. Second, even if we (me and my partner) wouldn’t be frugal, we could never stand the horrible pink/purple light in our living room.
The color temperature of our lamps is about 6000K (cool white), which is more close to day light.
You can order the same lamps using my eBay partner links below or buy similar somewhere else:
PLEASE, hire a qualified electrician for the job if you need to set up holders! However, most probably you already have some holders and those bulbs will fit in.