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plant grow lightblushHow to Grow Medicinal plants Indoors?

You're here because you want to learn how to grow medicinal plants indoors and are interested in an "online class" about growing medicinal plants. Despite what you may have heard, growing your own medicinal plants is actually pretty easy once you have the right information. Anyone with the will to grow, a few extra minutes each day and a grow space already have what it takes to grow their own medicinal plants!

In order to thrive and grow, you needs…
1. Plant Grow Light (brightness has a huge effect on yields)
2. Air (fresh air with a slight breeze is best)
3. A Grow Medium (place to grow, soil isn't your only choice)
4. the right Temperature (room temperature or a little warmer is perfect during the day, cannot stand freezing at night)
5. Nutrients (start at half as much as what's recommended on the package)
6. Water (maintain pH for best results, soil likes 6 - 7 pH & hydro likes 5.5 - 6.5 pH)

Which Grow Light Is Right For Me?

The medicinal plants grow lights you choose are definitely not the only factor that will affect your growing success and yields.
But... when all other factors are equal, the general rule for growing medicinal plants is that more light = more buds. But there is a point where there's too much light.

Introduction to Indoor Grow Lights for medicinal plants

Are you ready to get starting growing medicinal plants with indoor grow lights?
Medicinal plants are not like your average indoor houseplant.
They live out their whole lives (seed to harvest) in just one year; they need to get a lot of light in order to make enough energy to grow big and produce buds.
Medicinal plants want much more light than most houseplants. They won't thrive in a window. By "more light," I mean the light that is actually reaching your plant. Now of course, increasing brightness will not increase yields if your medicinal plant is sick or unhealthy - and even with healthy medicinal plants you only get benefits up to a point (at high enough levels of brightness, your medicinal plants simply can not use any more light).
Yet adding more brightness with better grow lights (especially when used along with medicinal plant training techniques) can be one of the most straightforward ways to increase yields when growing indoors.
Generally, you will need special types of lighting (grow lights) to grow medicinal plants, though some regular house lights can work too, if you know which ones work.
Please note: Incandescent light bulbs are NOT suitable for growing medicinal plants!
For indoor and outdoor growers, it's important to learn about the importance of light to a photoperiod plant like medicinal plants. 
Medicinal plants is a "short-day plant," which means that medicinal plants don't start making buds until their "days" become short enough. Plants like medicinal plants can actually sense periods of darkness, and use the length of darkness each night as a sort of internal clock telling the plant when to start flowering. In the wild, medicinal plants need to start flowering in summer so that buds are produced and seeds are dropped before winter arrives and kills the plant.
Darkness is important for making buds. Medicinal plants is a "photoperiod" plant, which means the amount of uninterrupted darkness experienced by the plant each day determines when the plant starts flowering (making buds). Most medicinal plants won't start flowering until they get long (12+ hours) nights. In order to make buds properly, medicinal plants need to continue receiving 12+ hours of total darkness each day until harvest. 
Note: Rules about darkness do not apply to auto-flowering strains. Auto-flowering (or Ruderalis) plants are a special type of medicinal plants that can only grow from seed. Auto-flowering strains don't pay attention to photoperiods. In fact, auto-flowering plants will reliably be ready to harvest in about 3 months (give or take a month depending on the strain) no matter how much darkness received each night. Because of these short lives, auto-flowering plants tend to stay small. 
It is very unlikely you will ever run into auto-flowering seeds unless you order auto-flowering seeds from a seed bank. Even though you can't tell the difference between auto-flowering and photoperiod buds (the buds are the same), auto-flowering is a recessive trait, and usually doesn't show up in medicinal plants seeds unless someone specifically bred for it. So far we haven't heard any reports of people finding seeds that ended up being auto-flowering. If you have unknown seeds, assume they are photoperiod seeds.

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Magnetic Induction Grow Lights : Do it work?

Induction Grow Lights For Growing Medicinal plants
 
Indoor medicinal plant growers are always looking for the best way to increase their yields without having to increase the money spent on the grow. And tuning into the perfect medicinal plant grow lights for your setup is one of the best ways to maximize your yields.
But which grow light do you choose? How do you deal with heat or ventilation? What will make it easiest for you to grow? It can be tough to control heat and electricity use with many grow lights, and it's tempting to listen to marketers that claim to have all the answers for you.
And in recent years there has been a lot of marketing for magnetic induction & plasma grow lights for growing medicinal plants.
Are induction grow lights the answer to bigger yields with less heat and electricity?
 
These all use a similar type of technology to produce light.
But do these lights live up to the marketing hype?
 
When growing medicinal plant, Induction Grow Lights can be a good option for supplemental lighting, but are not a good option as a main light source for medicinal plants.There are a few different induction light for growing models appearing on the market today. These “new” grow lights are supposedly longer-lasting and more efficient than any other grow light.
 
►  Supposedly induction lights
 
►  get bigger yields than MH/HPS
 
►  use less electricity
 
►  produce almost no heat
 
...ultimately they're supposed to give you better results and bigger yields when growing medicinal plant.

“hot” type of medicinal plants induction grow lights

Magnetic Induction grow lights seem to be the “hot” type of medicinal plants induction grow lights on the market today. They give off a wonderful spectrum of light for growing medicinal plants, and they look like something out of a science fiction movie.
And the current magnetic induction grow lights work great in situations where fluorescent lights do well.
This is because a magnetic induction lights are basically the same thing as a fluorescent light, only without a filament. That's why these lights are sometimes called fluorescent induction lights, or electrodeless fluorescent lights.
In other words, magnetic induction grow lamp are made with similar technology as regular fluorescent lights (like CFLs or a T5), except these lights use induction instead of electrodes to supply energy to the bulb.
Because the filament is usually the first thing to break in a fluorescent bulb, magnetic induction lights last much longer than regular fluorescent grow lights, and stay at their initial brightness for thousands of hours longer. They also come in unique form factors (different sizes and shapes) and are available in much bigger sizes than regular fluorescent lights.
Magnetic Induction grow lights are effective for growing medicinal plant.

What's the difference between magnetic induction lights and fluorescent lights?

Magnetic induction lights are made in diferent shapes and are available in much bigger sizes than your standard fluorescent.
Magnetic induction bulbs last much, much longer than regular fluorescent lights.
Magnetic induction bulbs are often round or rectangular, with one side blue and the other side red. While these bulbs produce a great light spectrum for growing medicinal plants, they're aren't magical! It's important to manage expectations if you're considering a magnetic induction grow light.
Be wary of too-good-to-be-true claims when it comes to magnetic induction grow lights! Even though they are good lights, some unethical sellers will lie to you!
As far as magnetic induction lights, I think of them like big, odd-shaped fluorescent lights. If the price, shape and brightness is good for your setup, than you'll be happy with these.
It's possible that magnetic induction grow lights could be a nice option in the future for those who want longer-lasting fluorescent grow lights... But only after the price comes down.

Benefits of Magnetic Induction Grow Lights

Great light spectrum that works great for growing medicinal plants (just like fluorescent lights)
Replace them far less often: no electrodes or filaments means a longer life, and magnetic induction grow lights can be run for up to 100,000 hours
Magnetic induction lights don’t lose light intensity nearly as fast as MH or HPS grow lights; they stay close to their full initial brightness even after running for tens of thousands of hours. Because these lights stay bright for so long, they are popular for stadium lighting and other types of lighting where bulbs are difficult or expensive to replace
Instant-On - induction lights turn on instantly and don't need time to warm up like MH/HPS bulbs.
The bigger size and unique form factor of induction lights can make them a great choice for supplemental or side-lighting, for example in a not-quite-bright-enough greenhouse, since they last a long time and are easy to install
Deeper penetration into the plant canopy than CFLs or T5 grow lights
Produces far less lumens/watt than its major competitor, the HPS. In other words, with a magnetic induction lamp you're getting less light for the same amount of electricity compared to an HPS. More light = more energy = bigger buds.
However, in a sealed room with plenty of height, where the magnetic induction grow lights are the only source of light, the results are less remarkable. As a primary source of light when growing indoors, magnetic induction lights seem to perform about as well as really big fluorescent lights.
 

Should You Go Out and Invest In Magnetic Induction Grow Lights?

Remember, magnetic induction grow lights are basically just big fluorescent lights without electrodes or filaments. No matter what the vendors try to say otherwise, don’t fall for some of the outrageous marketing claims!
If you’re looking for a magical grow light that doesn’t produce any heat, uses next to no electricity, and produces humongous yields compared to LEDs, MH, or HPS grow lights, then you’re kidding yourself. Magnetic induction grow lights just aren’t what you’re looking for.
But...
If you’re looking for a type of grow light that is low heat, uses a relatively low amount of electricity, has a good form factor for your grow area and you hate replacing your fluorescent bulbs, than magnetic induction grow lights may be the right choice for you.
This is a 200W retrofit magnetic induction grow light kit from XPES
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So... do induction grow lights work?

What about claims that induction grow lights are better than HPS grow lights? Do they get bigger yields for less electricity? Do they run cooler?
Well... the truth is there’s pretty much zero evidence that any of these bold claims are true.
In fact, if you simply look at the specifications of each light, you can see exactly how much light (lumens) each light gives off per the amount of electricity (watts). Now lumens isn't the perfect measure of how much light is getting to your plants, but it's a good starting estimate.
Note: The amount of light produced by each type varies depending on the bulb size and model. The way you position your plants compared to the light makes a big difference in how much light they'll receive. Leaves close to the bulb get more light than leaves further away.

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