Upper South

December, 2003
Regional Report

Web Finds

Lighting Information
The National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) is a program of the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. Among the research is a recent investigation of full-spectrum light sources. Be sure to read each of the full-spectrum Q & A, however, the nitty-gritty of the report is available in Table 1 under the heading of "What are the disadvantages of full-spectrum light sources?" In that table, there are performance characteristics of over four dozen popular light sources.

Books

Houseplants Under Lights
One of my favorite books on gardening under lights is now out of print but can still be found from used-book sources. It's called The Complete Book of Houseplants Under Lights, by Charles Marden Fitch (Hawthorn Books, 1975). He covers the basics of light gardening, including discussions of light in nature, the quality of light, different fixtures and bulbs, the environment, containers, and potting mixes. The second half of the book is devoted to detailed information on growing different types of plants under lights, including gesneriads, orchids, geraniums, herbs, begonias, cacti and succulents, and bromeliads.

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