Leafy Greens is an encompassing term that applies to a variety of plants, including lettuce, microgreens, herbs, and specialty leafy vegetables. Leafy greens prefer cooler temperatures, making them a fall and winter crop. However, natural solar radiation is not optimal during these seasons resulting in longer production times. In addition to longer production, plants may become elongated and anthocyanins levels reduced. Without adequate light, growth related issues can become compounded.
LumiGrow Smart Horticultural LEDs correct low light issues while directing desirable growth characteristics. Precise management of light intensity and wavelength can maximize the economic efficiency of plant production, quality, and nutritional potential.
Research has shown that supplemental LED lighting provides myriad benefits for leafy green production. It’s possible to control plant height and leaf area using different wavelengths of light. Red light promotes growth, while blue light promotes chlorophyll concentrations, total flavonoid concentration, and antioxidant capacity of lettuce. Blue light also promotes primary and secondary metabolites in microgreens and baby leafy greens.
Conclusive research has also proven that LumiGrow LEDs can be used as end of day supplemental lighting to enhance the leaf color and vibrancy, as well as boost overall quality of lettuce.