When growing herbs and other plants indoors, enough light exposure to your entire indoor herb garden and other types of indoor gardens can be an issue. There are some places who can’t have enough access and exposure to natural sunlight, which is why there are already a lot of people who use artificial light for their indoor garden. But before finally deciding on using artificial lights for your indoor garden, it will be best if you know some of the major differences of artificial lights and natural light when it comes to plant growth in general.
Natural Light for Plant Growth
When saying natural light, it is referred to as the sunlight. All plants require enough amounts of sunlight exposure for them to grow properly and healthily. Sunlight or natural light can provide a spectrum of light that is very important in all plants’ photosynthesis of nutrients. Photosynthesis is the term used in referring to the process used by pants in converting the light energy captured from the sunlight into chemical energy that is used in transporting food, water, and other necessary nutrients to all parts of the plant. Exposure and access to direct natural sunlight is necessary in plant growth.
Artificial Lights for Plant Growth
When there will be no access of direct sunlight or natural light for your indoor garden, then you can use artificial lights or grow lamps. Artificial lights are specially made to provide the same light spectrum that natural light can provide for proper plant growth. Even though artificial lights provide the same light spectrum as natural light, artificial lights are proven to be weaker and not as effective. However, artificial lights can still do wonders in keeping all the plants in your indoor garden growing and healthy at all times.
Artificial Light and Natural Sunlight
There are some places wherein there can be a direct access to sunlight but not for a long period of time. Ideally, plants should receive direct sunlight for at least 6 hours to 8 hours to grow properly and healthily and if they can only receive less than the required sunlight exposure, then plants can be exposed or placed under artificial lights. If plants can only receive natural light for 4 hours per day, then placing the plants for another 2 to 4 hours under artificial light after natural sunlight exposure will be very beneficial and advantageous for proper growth.