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« on: September 04, 2009, 03:31:19 PM »

I was starting an herb garden and I was wondering if using the 24 Hour Light Cycle available on the AG6E could help speed germination. The herbs in question are: Dill, Basil, Parsley (I'd use a dark cover on this one.), Thyme, Marjoram and Savory.

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2009, 04:12:39 PM »

To be quite honest i do not know what the 24 hour cycle is for. its been bugging me lately
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2009, 05:35:39 PM »

I don't know what the 24 hour light cycle is for.  I don't think it would help with germinating plants, as in nature, seeds germinate underground in the dark. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009, 07:32:00 PM »

I was thinking the extra warmth might help, I've heard parsley like that. I could put cover on the most of herbs except savory. Savory apparently prefers light for germination. The others, well, I looked them all up and it was a toss up.

However, I don't really know if it would help and it could possibly hinder. I just keep wondering what plants one would use it for.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2009, 11:54:33 PM »

I don't know about germination but did get curious.  The AeroGrow site seems to suggest that the 24 hour cycle is for strawberries.  I did find a reference to places named after strawberries: "Mansikkala, Finland translated as The Place of the Strawberry. Farms there grow strawberries that ripen 24 hours a day during the time of the midnight sun".  (See last fact in red striped box on "http://www.strawberrysocial.com/strawberry-history.html")
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2009, 12:27:59 AM »

ah ha! I knew someone would know the answer. I remember now reading about using it for strawberries. Interesting stuff.


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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2009, 05:05:34 AM »

I thought I read in one of the AG manuals that you could use the 24 hr light setting to make lettuce grow faster too...
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2009, 07:37:35 AM »

Letttuce would benefit fromthe 24 hr cycle.

Most all fruiting/flowering plants require some period of darkness.

I always thought that was kind of a useless feature but thats just me! 
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2009, 09:27:42 AM »

I don't know if I'd want lettuce growing any faster than it already does in the AG, LOL! I guess it probably mostly is a useless feature, though maybe for some plants it could be good to have it. I guess you could put it on 24 hour cycle and then use a timer to turn on and off and give some plants a longer dark period or something.

Mostly, I suppose it just would go through bulbs faster, sigh!
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2009, 01:30:50 PM »

i wanted to make a smartbut answer and say its to make the lights stay on all day.im silly somedays
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2009, 01:36:27 PM »

lol good one!
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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2009, 02:10:04 PM »

Snicker... during our dark gloomy winters, it will be quite the temptation not to use it to have the lights on all day!
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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2009, 02:18:55 PM »

the light on mine bothers me for some reason im cheap i was going to use it as my kitchen light  but i had to use the kitchen light to  so the color didnt bother me
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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2009, 03:53:05 PM »

Not me... I adore the bright sunny looking AG lights! I think I actually use our room lights less now than I did before getting all the AGs upstairs. Real sun is good too. I'm getting best of both sitting here right now, LOL! An AG to either side and some sun streaming through the window.
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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2009, 04:26:26 PM »

I also really enjoy the lights.  We have 2 gardens in the kitchen (windowless) and rarely use the ceiling lights anymore.

I actually get a little sad when they turn off at night.

It was a little strange at first but now "the light has grown on me"!!

I think I'll really enjoy it during our long cold winters here in Chicago.
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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2009, 07:28:03 PM »

We don't get a lot of sunlight in our house.  It's on older house built to be efficient for the weather in New England, so it has small windows and it's surrounded by huge maples.  The former helps retain heat in the winter and the latter keeps it cool in the summer.  I absolutely LOVE the extra lights the AGs provide.  It makes all the difference during our long drab winters to have light and green growing things in the kitchen and now the living room.
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« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2009, 08:05:29 PM »

I'm looking forward to seeing the difference that the lights make in winter.  I don't mind the darkness but my husband is a sun person and hates the winter.  I can imagine him in his spare time grabbing a book and sitting down next to the table holding three of our four Aerogardens.  Anything to make him happy.  I'd even entertain the idea of a few more gardens if that would help.   Grin
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« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2009, 08:06:23 PM »

What I find amazing is that our home lights seem so dim now - we've been living in darkness.  The lights go out around 10 to 10:30 which is when I used to go around the house turning off lights, hoping to suggest everyone hyper down for the night.  Now the AGs do that task for me.  Wink
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« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2009, 09:23:16 AM »

Just got my AG and I'm hoping to cut down on lights as well. My kitchen has no windows and even in the brightest day, I need to turn on the lights in there.  If the AG is lit then I'm hoping I won't need to turn on lights unless I'm actually doing something complex in there. 
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« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2009, 09:34:52 AM »

Valen9, that is exactly my situation.  You'll love the light in the kitchen!  I also have a windowless kitchen located in the center of my condo so it is very very dark.
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