Gardening Under Lights

The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers

By Leslie F. Halleck

“If you want to grow plants indoors, you need this book.” —Niki Jabbour, author and staff writer at

Gardening Under Lights is a highly-detailed, accessible guide for seed starters, plant collectors, houseplant fans, and anyone who wants to successfully garden indoors any time of the year. You’ll learn the basics of photosynthesis, the science of light, how to accurately measure how much light a plant needs, and details about the most up-to-date tools and gear available. Also included are tips and techniques for helping ornamental plants (like orchids, succulents, bonsai, and more) and edible plants (arugula, cannabis, oregano, tomatoes, and more) thrive indoors. Whether you are a vegetable gardener who wants to extend the growing season, a balcony gardener short on outdoor space, or a specialty plant collector, Gardening Under Lights is a must-have.

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“This scientifically grounded yet accessible book is an essential guide to just about anything we might want to grow indoors.” —Kelly Norris, director of horticulture and education at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

“This book nails it! Everything from breathtaking yet practical ways to grow your own food to basic starts for your indoor or outdoor garden.” —Bren Haas, founder of Creative Living with Bren Haas and host of GardenChat

“Redefines how we approach growing plants in any indoor environment.” —Brie Arthur, author and horticulturist

“If you are a plant enthusiast, this is a must-read and will become an indispensable resource.” —Shawna Coronado, author, gardener, and wellness lifestyle advocate

“Halleck writes engagingly for those with more than a passing interest in indoor gardening.” —Booklist

“Explains all you need to know to grow almost anything indoors under lights. . . . Halleck will tell you what you need to be successful at indoor gardening.” —Garden Design

“If you are at all interested in gardening indoors, then this book is for you.” —The Professional Gardener Magazine

“Perhaps the hardest subject for a garden enthusiast to tackle is indoor lighting. . . . Into the darkness of my ignorance has come Gardening Under Lights. . . . This book is the answer to the prayers of gardeners everywhere.” —Southwest Gardening

“A really welcome book for those of us who haven't fully dipped our toes into the confusing world of artificial light for our plants.” —On the Ledge

“Halleck shares the knowledge she’s gained from years of experience as an indoor grower to help readers start their indoor growing venture without the guesswork.” —GreenSourceDFW

“Halleck’s book walks readers through the basics and turns potentially confusing concepts into common knowledge. . . Gardening Under Lights doesn’t just tell you how to have an aesthetically pleasing and successful indoor garden—it shows you.” —Garden Center Magazine

“If you want to grow plants indoors, you need this book.” —Niki Jabbour, author and host of "The Weekend Gardener"

“Can make all the difference for your indoor plants.” —Stonington Times
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June 26, 2018