Aquaponic Gardening

A Community and Forum For Aquaponic Gardeners

I am having trouble growing my lettuce. it looks like a vine instead of a normal plant. What should I do to get them to grow better?

Views: 187

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

What is your light source?

I have florescent tube lights


long lettuce like that is a sign of not enough light.  The plant is stretching to try to reach the light.

Much brighter light would work.

Or you need the florescent tubes to be about 2 inches from the leaves and you need to be sure they are the higher color temperature florescent tubes.  There is a group on artificial lighting and those guys can probably help you with details about what kind of light is needed to effectively grow plants indoors.

Thanks I'll look into that

  I have T12 lights also, (just like you), the brighter your source, the better your stuff will grow.  If you have like 5 T5 lights, it would work better (especially if they are daylight deluxe lights).  My romaine luttice did the same thing as your luttice is doing and I was using two T12 lights.  Hope this helps

Thanks Dan I only have two lights right now so I'll try more Thanks

i have 2 hoods with 2 t12 fl's in each over a 3x5 space and my plants (ie. lettuce, basil, cilantro, spinach) are doing great. i have noticed that the outside spinach does better however. also i tried daylight deluxe lights and they really sucked. get growlights they r worth the extra money. also important (i recently found out) is the hood. i had a really cheap walmart hood with no "wings" at the sides, then i switched to a hood i found at a garage sale (2$!!! yea!!!). i had to do some wiring and painting, but it works great. it is one of those hoods u mount on the ceiling. oh, also i keep the lights as close to the canopy as possible and adjust as needed. i am thinking of switching to t8's soon for the energy savings. i am trying to stick with lighting that is readily available to me otherwise i would think about another option.

Reply to Discussion


© 2024   Created by Sylvia Bernstein.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service