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What kind of grow lights do I need #112879

Asked January 24, 2013, 2:22 PM EST

I am going to start my vegetable garden soon indoors and was wondering if you would give me information on grow lights. I would like to know what kind are the best and what light spectrum do I need. Also, where can I find them at a good price. I am going to be planting tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, peppers, and squash. I tried it last year and bought some lights from Home Depot but they were too hot and I couldn't get them close enough to the plants without burning them up. Needless to say my plants shot straight up and didn't fill out.

St. Louis County Missouri

Expert Response

Fluorescent lamps properly located should work as a light source for starting seeds indoor. Please refer to MU Guide 6515 for complete information. You can find this publication online at the following web address: http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G6515
David Trinklein Replied January 24, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

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