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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 host of The Weekend Gardener

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.

Media reviews

"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

"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

"If you are at all interested in gardening indoors, then this book is for you."

Professional Gardener

"Halleck’s book walks readers through the basics and turns potentially confusing concepts into common knowledge ... Doesn’t just tell you how to have an aesthetically pleasing and successful indoor garden—it shows you."

Garden Center

"Halleck writes engagingly for those with more than a passing interest in indoor gardening."


"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

"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."


"Can make all the difference for your indoor plants."

Stonington Times

About the author

Leslie F. Halleck

Leslie F. Halleck is a dedicated horticulturist who is passionate about plants, gardening, and the horticulture industry. Leslie has a master’s in horticulture from Michigan State University. She is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) via The American Society for Horticulture Science, with more than 25 years of green industry experience in research, greenhouse production, public gardens, garden center retail, landscape and design services, and gardening communications. Leslie is an award-winning writer and has been published in many scientific, industry, and consumer horticulture publications such as Fine Gardening, Greenhouse Management Magazine, and more. Leslie currently runs Halleck Horticultural, LLC, a company that provides consulting services to green industry businesses, as well as horticultural consulting.

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