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I have two lights here and they’re both great! The floor lamp was a hand-me-down from my dad but it works really well. I’m not sure what it’s called or the wattage but you can search “floor lamp plant light” and find similar items. The clip 4 arm light is from Amazon and has different settings and a timer. It’s also so affordable and the clamp is very sturdy. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/EZORKAS-Dimmable-Spectrum-Adjustable-Goosencck/dp/B086XCJ29B/ref=gp_aw_ybh_a_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=G6KX89MA4NCNHMVZRHQA
I have left mine for over a week before. They were sad, but most survived.
I just got these grow lights for the room we move our plants to: EZORKAS LED Grow Light, 4 Head Timing, 5 Dimmable Levels, Plant Grow Light for Indoor Plant with Full Spectrum, Adjustable Goosencck, 3/6/12H Timer, 3 Switch Modes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086XCJ29B/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_3SS7C9DADV3PKQ5W1FF1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
My friend has been using these lights to avoid the constant shuffling in & out and her plants looked amazing the other week, hoping mine like the lights too.
You can get LED grow lights for a reasonable price, and if you get one of the adjustable ones like this (totally random example just to show the style of light I mean) you can arrange it to cover multiple shelves. Most have inbuilt timers too.
I also just recently purchased a Venus fly trap and I don’t have enough sun in my area. So I decided to purchase grow lights on Amazon and they seem to work great for me and I use distilled water in a nice bowl of shallow water just as @budakadu mentioned. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086XCJ29B?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_s
He probably needs more light. I have lots bright light from windows in my apartment and it’s still not enough. I would suggest a grow light loose neck if you need some extra light help. I have 6 different styles of lights in my tiny place if you want more suggestions.
Limited-time deal: EZORKAS LED Grow Light, 80W 4 Head Timing, 5 Dimmable Levels, Plant Grow Light for Indoor Plant with Full Spectrum, Adjustable Goosencck, 3/6/12H Timer, 3 Switch Modes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086XCJ29B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_dlT1_VPJMV01K6D6ABKS6E2F7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Oops! This one EZORKAS LED Growth Light,80W Four Head Timing,5 Dimmable Levels, Plant Grow Light for Indoor Plant with Full Spectrum,Adjustable Goosencck, 3¡¢6/12H Timer, 3 Switch Modes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086XCJ29B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_22hNFbZV9WHEF
Tall lithops means they are etoliated and are reaching for more sunlight, especially for newly germinated ones. If they are unable can’t get more sun, I recommend getting a grow light! I’ve had a lot of success with these lights https://www.amazon.com/EZORKAS-Dimmable-Spectrum-Adjustable-Goosencck/dp/B086XCJ29B
I got them off Amazon! Grow Lights
Here's the link to the amazon lights! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086XCJ29B/
Got them off amazon! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086XCJ29B/
Depending on budget, number of plants, and setup, Barrina grow lights are great. They are what I use, and none of my plants etiolate under them. The lights also bring out stress colors. I've also used this one and this one, though they aren't nearly as strong as the Barrina grow lights. With the latter two, the plants need to be within 2"-5" of the light, and you can only have a few plants under them. They worked for me when I had a smaller collection, though they were not strong enough to bring out stress colors. If it's within your budget, I'd definitely recommend going for something stronger than those two, but those two will definitely do the trick for the most part.
If those aren't within your budget or wouldn't make sense for the number of plants you have, then there are plenty of other options on Amazon. I'd take a look at the beginners basics, FAQs, and the Overwintering Mega Thread linked in the sidebar, as they all have info on what specs you need to look for for a succulent grow light. If you search this sub, you'll also find plenty of posts about grow lights with recommendations.
If your plants turned pale and stretched, it either means the plants weren't close enough to the light or the grow light wasn't strong enough for them. When buying a grow light for succulents, you have to make sure you look at all of their specifications. Since succulents require a lot of direct sun daily, they need very strong grow lights, and a lot of grow lights out there, even ones that are marketed for succulents, aren't actually adequate enough for them. The beginner's basics guide in the side bar covers what to look for in a grow light to make sure it will be strong enough.
Even under a strong grow light, the plants will need to be within a few inches of the light to prevent them from stretching.
I also live in an apartment that gets pretty much no natural light, so I've had to resort to grow lights. I use Barinna grow lights and they work just fine and are strong enough to bring out stress colors on my plants. I have a larger collection, so I have a plant shelf and attach the lights to the bottoms of the shelves. I've also used both this light and this light in the past (used both of them together for a smaller collection) and they were pretty decent. Definitely not the strongest, but they worked well enough before I upgraded to the Barinna lights. If you have the cash to spare and plan to grow your collection, I'd definitely recommend going for the Barinnas.
There are inexpensive growlights on Amazon if you ever decide you want to give your plants an extra boost of light. I live in an apartment that gets absolutely zero direct sunlight, so I use both of the lights below, and my plants love them.
They both tend to go on sale, so it's likely you could grab them for even cheaper if/when you're ever ready for some extra light.
Moveable and adjustable: EZORKAS LED Grow Light, 4 Head Timing, 5 Dimmable Levels, Plant Grow Light for Indoor Plant with Full Spectrum, Adjustable Goosencck, 3/6/12H Timer, 3 Switch Modes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086XCJ29B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_SSVZ516KQW3KZ957SA3K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Strips: Grow Light Strip, MADAXY 4 Pack Full Spectrum Led Grow Light for Indoor Plants with Auto On/Off Timer, 3/6/12H Timer, 192 LEDs, 6 Dimmable Modes, Sunlike Grow Light for Seedings Hydroponics https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093SMQCF2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_6XP4WA5E8662CSPF6RQ3
I have a pothos that I haven’t watered for a month and it looks good for me. As long as it’s a safe option and YOU like it, others opinions don’t matter.
I use both of the lights linked below, and they've worked great for plants.
Haha, completely understand. My apartment gets next to no direct sunlight, so I've had pretty much no other choice but to invest in grow lights.
I know that you'll see a lot of people say that the gooseneck lights aren't any good, but I've used and am still using the two lights linked below. They aren't great if you have a large collection, but if you have a few plants that need more light, I've found that both of these work great! All of the plants that I've placed under these lights have absolutely thrived.
If you have a larger collection or are planning to grow your collection, these under shelf lights may be a better option. They're a bit pricier, but as I said, they are great for larger set ups and larger collections (I have about 60 plants under these lights).
So, depending on your set up and the size of your collection, any of these grow lights should do the trick. I would advice that getting a grow light, you acclimate your plants to them, as not doing so runs the risk of sunburning them. But once they're acclimated to the new light, you should begin to notice more compact growth and possibly even stress colors depending on the plant. Best of luck and happy planting!
I'd start by making sure you repot them into a well-draining soil mix. Succulents don't like to have wet feet, as it can lead to rot and their eventual death. I go-to mixture is a 1:1 mix of cactus soil and perlite or pumice...the added grittiness from the perlite/pumice will help the soil drain and dry fast between waterings. I'd also recommend that you repot into separate pots, preferably terracotta, as terracotta allows for some breathability, helping the soil dry.
As for watering, while you'll likely read that you should water when the soil is dry, following that method can lead to rot. It's better to water based on signs of thirst, namely wrinkly leaves. It can take a bit of time to familiarize yourself with your plants enough to notice these signs of thirsts, so it may help if you take a picture of the plants when they aren't thirsty so that you can compare.
If your apartment doesn't get a lot of light, you're probably going to want to opt for a grow light. I've linked a few below that I've used, are pretty affordable, and have worked decently well.
I'm not sure on IDs, but it definitely looks like you have a type of kalanchoe (far right), a type of aeonium (middle), and some echeveria. It looks like at least what I believe to be a type of echeveria (the one second to the left) is also beginning to flower...those should grow long and tall and eventually bloom. During this process, it is normal for the plant to lose bottom leaves pretty rapidly as it exerts more energy into the flower stalk. It's also normal for most succulents, especially echeverias, to reabsorb their bottom leaves and reallocate that energy. In that instance, the leaves tend to shrivel, dry, and fall off. If your plants start losing leaves at a rapid pace or begins losing leaves at random spots, not just the bottom, it's typically a sign that something is wrong.
I got this on Amazon and it works well! I have it on the highest setting on a timer for 12 hours per day.
I have several types:
^ Be careful with this last one though - they're wicked bright!
These are the two that I have (below). They admittedly probably aren't the best, but my plants have been doing perfectly fine under them. My string of dolphins that had become a string of whale sharks regained their proper shape after being put under the 3-armed light. My echeverias that were etiolated now have compact new growth under the 4-armed light. Some of my plants are even beginning to show a little sun stress colors. Plus, they're both just a typical light color, so they're not annoying to have on. Depending on how large of a collection you have, you may need to get more than one light to ensure they're getting the proper light.
EZORKAS LED Grow Light, 80W 4... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086XCJ29B?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
This is the one I currently use on just about everything. I do the full spectrum on 12 hours https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086XCJ29B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_umN7FbAXMJ6K0
I have two of these, set-up pretty close to my succulents as seen here and here.
Thoughts? I leave them on the second strongest power level for 6 hours a day, they get some direct/indirect light coming through an east facing window for a few hours in the morning.
lol woops ! here ya go
These are my grow lights
Here is my set-up: Top, Bottom.
The lights are on strength 4 out of 5, and I have them positioned as such. I am going to be re-potting soon to add some poultry grit to increase the drainage of the soil soon. Is there anything wrong with my set-up, plants, or ways to improve it?
I know my haworthia is in bad shape right now, my sister's dog thought it was a toy about a month ago and it's recovering.
Amazon lights! Only $32 and fully adjustable with a dim switch and self-timer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086XCJ29B/
Self-timer lights off Amazon! They have a dim switch too which I hope helps to replicate the "sun shining through the forest" effect.
Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086XCJ29B/