Do I need a grow light?

by ED
(Port St. Lucie, FL)

I live in Port St. Lucie Florida and plan to grow my Hydroponic garden outside in our screened in lanai. Do I need GRO LIGHTS. Enjoyed your Simon's Simple Hydroponic Plans.

Thank You
Ed
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Answer from Stella/Simon:

Hi Edward,

If you are only plan to grow lettuce, greens, and herbs, you will not need grow lights. If the garden is in a spot where it will get several hours of direct sunlight per day, you could try fruiting and or flowering crops. We had a patio garden, and although there was a lot of indirect bright lighting, we hung a grow light over the unit and had good luck with cucumbers, beans and tomatoes. We are in Florida too.

PS: Don't do this in the summer in Florida; it gets too hot, and the hot nutrient solution will cook the plants. Also learned that the hard way. Hydroponics prefers cool conditions much more than warm.

Good luck and thanks for buying the book! Hope this helps!
Simon

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