I've been reading a lot on this forum and other websites and books but nowhere have I found an answer to my question.
I'm interested in supplementing the low winter light for my houseplants with CFL's. I've used t5's to start seeds but in my living environment I'm looking for something that will aesthetically fit into the environment for the winter months... Hence, the CFL's.
So,my question is: listings of plant requirements often refer to low, medium, and high light requirements. For example, I have a fern that is listed as a low light requiring plant. What is the optimum (or at least the minimum) amount of light that plant needs to be receiving? Also, what about medium light and high light plants?
If anyone has had good experience with a particular CFL please feel free to let me know what brand. I've been looking at what's available and it seems pretty limited (I'm looking at high watt CFL's in the 6500k range that aren't enormously huge --like 16" long) but I may be missing a good source. All advice is welcome!