Do Click & Grow Plants Need Natural Sunlight?
We’re sometimes asked whether it’s necessary to set up your smart garden near a window where there’s natural sunlight. The short answer is, no, it’s not necessary! Here’s why...
The smart garden’s LED lamp provides optimal lighting
Your smart garden is equipped with long lasting, energy efficient LED lights that provide all the lighting your plants need. This makes it possible for you to grow plants in dark rooms and indoor spaces without much natural sunlight at all. Smart gardens' LED bulbs emit less heat than a lot of other light sources. This greatly reduces the risk of plants being burned (providing they haven’t been allowed to make direct contact with the bulbs!) LED bulbs also emit less UV rays than other light sources. This means energy and water can be used to grow plants that thrive.
The smart garden’s lamp has an inbuilt timer that alternates between 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness - you’ll never have to worry about when to switch it on or off. If you’re growing plants in the Smart Garden 9 Pro, you can use the Click & Grow companion mobile app to create a customised lighting schedule.
What happens if I place my smart garden near a window?
In most cases, placing your smart garden on a windowsill should be fine. If, however, the window receives a lot of natural sunlight, it’s worth keeping a few things in mind. Most edible greens prefer temperatures between 18-24 °C (64.4 - 75.2 °F). If the extra sunlight causes them to experience temperatures greater than 24 °C, the plants may bolt. This can reduce their yield and affect their texture and flavour. There’s also the possibility that excess sunlight will heat the water in the tank, having a negative impact on the yield. Bear in mind that, in colder climates, window sills can be colder than the room temperature. Be sure to check the temperature requirements for each plant under the ‘plant care tab’ in our catalog. Also, take care when opening a window to ventilate your room during winter as cold breezes may harm your plants.
In conclusion, when it comes to setting up your smart garden at home, feel free to place it in a spot that’s most convenient for you! To enjoy the best experience, be sure to check the plant care tips in our catalog. You can also register your plants in the Click & Grow mobile app to receive more detailed, timed tips for each stage of your plants’ growth. Got a question you’d like to ask our gardening team? Get in touch using our gardening forum. Receive advice from our expert horticulturists and take your gardening skills to the next level.
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