One of the benefits of indoor growing is that you can replicate optimal growing conditions to get the results you are looking for from your crop. With the help of horticultural bulbs, you can mimic the seasons from Spring to Fall to match the light spectrum your plant is needing.
One part of indoor lighting that is often overlooked in Ultra Violet light. UV-A and UV-B are exceptionally beneficial to Aromatic herbs which make of 30% of all plant species.
These plants naturally possess a defense mechanism to help protect their leaves from the UV radiation. Trichomes form on the leaf’s surface to create a reflective barrier between the surface and the UV light exposure. This defense process created by the plant in essence is increasing its essential oil production.
CFL’s (compact fluorescents), LEC (light emitting ceramics), DE (double ended bulbs), and high kelvin blue sodium lamps all possess high UV spectrums. Whether used as your primary light source or supplemental lighting, your plants will surely benefit from the extra UV light emitted from these bulbs.
Studies on Basil and Mint, for instance, show that when exposed to more UV light oil production doubles. Increasing its culinary value, by adding more aroma which adds flavor, both, sought after by demanding chefs worldwide.
Whether growing for medicinal properties, culinary reverence, or for downright beauty consider supplementing your next crop with some UV lighting and see where it takes your gardening status.