When cultivating small seedlings, light is vitally important as well as water, good soil, high-quality seeds or little seedlings, plenty of time, etc. So many things affect the achievement of a good and pleasing end result.
In the last few years, I have had very small children here at home, so have not had enough time and energy to look after small seedlings as well. I have satisfied myself with buying fully grown seedlings, and thought that some day I will start cultivating again.... That “some day” actually arrived this year and, for that reason, I was very happy to be asked to cooperate with Airam in writing a blog about plant luminaires. I have tested Airam’s LED Artco plant luminaire and the Herby LED plant luminaire in actual operation.
I have planted different kinds of summer flowers, such as garden balsam, purple bell vine, purpletop vervain, cup-and-saucer vine, chocolate cosmos, Strawberry Blonde marigolds, China aster 'Chamois Turm', wild carrot, Sorbet Black violets, Twinny Peach snapdragons and Sahara rudbeckia. It remains to be seen whether I can succeed with all of them, but I am at least trying hard and have a passion for it.
The small summer flower seedlings are now benefiting from Airam’s LED Artco plant luminaire. It has a polycarbonate body and on the surface of the inner part of the luminaire is a symmetrical faceted reflector. Included in the pack is also a 6.5W LED bulb. The plant lamp does not emit any UV radiation, but instead emits a lot of blue and red light that plants need, but that is nonetheless pleasant on the eye. My own luminaire hangs from a bar in front of the window on which I keep hanging flower pots. It is very handy because it has a switch at eye level. I like that.
So far so good - things have gone well with my new plant light and little seedlings. I am excitedly seeing whether I can get them to grow big enough to be planted in pots and in the ground. I can hardly wait to be able to start planting my summer flowers!
The other luminaire sent to me by Airam is the Herby LED plant luminaire. It is meant for three pots of herbs, indoor plants or little seedlings. I have long considered buying such a herb light for winter, and finally it is here. It’s nice that herbs bought from the shop will now keep better and remain edible longer, so I’m really satisfied. That is until I once again start getting greenery from my own garden.
The colour of the light can be changed from 4,000 K white to the red-blue light required by plants (see above). The colour of the plant light is very strong but obviously effective. I have kept it on when my face or those of my family are not turned towards the light, for example during the day when everyone is occupied at school or the daycare.