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This sick build deserves a better light. Not only are those 120v blurples dangerous AF but they are nowhere near their rated.
Here is a simple, proven 120v light that you can upgrade to that will absolutely not disappoint.
You can just run the balanced one the whole cycle or get fancy and swap the bulb to the red-shift one once you start to flower.
Horticulture student here. Have you ever owned or cared for a bonsai tree before? They are not like normal houseplants.
Have you ever taken care of a houseplant before? If so, is it easy for you to keep them alive, or do you usually kill them? If you struggle to keep regular houseplants alive, I would think twice about getting a bonsai just yet.
Bonsai are more challenging because they have had both their top growth and their roots pruned at regular intervals to keep the entire plant small. This allows it to grow in a very small pot, which is neat, but also means that it requires a specific type of potting soil and much, much more attention paid to correct watering and fertilization.
Moreover, if you want to keep your bonsai small and healthy long term, you will need to learn how to do this root and top pruning yourself. It needs to be done at certain points in the tree's growth cycle, and doing it at the wrong time can severely stress your tree.
Also, many types of bonsai are not fit to keep indoors year-round. They need a winter dormant period, which requires both the cold and the decreasing day length to trigger, which means they need to spend a good chunk of their life outdoors. However, you can't leave potted plants outside over the winter in our climate without killing their roots unless you insulate (and provide a source of heat for) the pot.
Some bonsai are tropical plants that ARE fit to keep inside year round, but will almost certainly need a lot of light - a south-facing window, right on the windowsill. If you can't provide that, you will need to get a grow light, and even the cheapest of the actually useful ones are still like $25.
TL;DR - If you just want a pretty plant to enjoy for a while before it croaks, buy that bonsai and enjoy it! No shame in that! If you want to keep it alive long term, research bonsai before you buy.
GE Grow Light Bulb, PAR38 Grow Light Bulb for Indoor Plants, Full Spectrum, 32-Watt, Balanced Lighting for Seeds and Greens [link]
I use 3 of the balanced spectrum ones for one of my walls, my orchids still flower with it so I don’t think the flowering one is necessary
I also have a spider farmer led panel for a different wall that works very well also
I highly recommend the GE PAR38 grow light bulbs!! I can attest that they work and they work better than any of the clip on lights. I currently have two in my lil corner because my room only has a north facing window with a huge tree outside lol.
If I was doing a nano grow and was forced to using sockets I'd just get the GE PAR38 32 TRUE watts of power and in the right spectrum. A proven light by the community as well as top-recommend in the community lighting guide and by everyone who's ever used one. Also you don't have to pop a diffuser off and electrocute yourself.
It's probably not strong enough. A lot of grow lights are crap. The ge par38 has been working really well for my succulents [link]
I’ve been growing these bad boys for about 14 months, Novos. The tallest one is about 12” tall, kinda spindly. I took djinnerator’s advice and switched two of their soils to 70% lava rock and 30% acid lover’s soil mix. I spray them with Aquafina about 3 times a day. Water once a week usually also with Aquafina (my tap water is around 400ppm disolved solids). Haven’t tried feeding too much, just did some very dilute 9-3-6 today. Have some fish emulsion but haven’t tried it for awhile. I put them under an LED grow light by GE and they seem to like it better than the Philips LED I started with.
I am using the balanced spectrum. Would the flowering spectrum be better? If not, would 2 of them be better than 1?
Any other tips or advice?
Thanks in advance!
main thing i would say is the timing of watering and the way you pot up.
i like to use a small of a pot as possible each time, never giving it too much unrooted space. when first planting, using plain distilled water in a VERY small area where you KNOW the roots lie, and letting it drink all of it before watering again but never to the point where it wilts. gradually increase the amount of water you give it. try to imagine teasing the roots down into the soil. when it comes time for a new pot, i really do let it become rootbound, and the new pot is only big enough to add a small extra wall of soil, never more than it can handle rooting. i swear this whole dynamic is crucial.
after a few weeks of that i start to introduce nutrients into the distilled water, pH at around 6. generally somewhat low doses of cannabis growing nutrients, like cal-mag or a 2 part base. just something to give the distilled water a little reinforcement. i use humboldts secret base a+b. once you can tell the nutrients are not harming it you can use them just about every time, and that’s probably what made mine huge, along with 18 hours of light. these GE bulbs at a couple feet distance gave me the best results.
It’s a single bulb I purchased on Amazon
And then I just bought a pendant lamp fixture with cord and hung the light on the fixture from a hook. I can raise it or lower it as needed. This is perfect for my dresser top growing in my bedroom but if you have a larger surface area you will need more bulbs.
For keeping the big guys alive, I just bought a 32 watt LED grow bulb(super bright) and found a nice looking 5ft tall lamp stand that would fit the bulb. For the babies, I have a couple T5s from the propagation kits I bought.
Here is the link to the GE Bulb. In another comment, I linked the propagation kit.
I bought a $25 lightbulb on Amazon that has been game changing for my plants. Only downside is that the lightbulb is VERY heavy so it won’t work on all lamps 😂
Edit: GE Grow Light Bulb, PAR38 Grow Light Bulb for Indoor Plants, Full Spectrum, 32-Watt, Balanced Lighting for Seeds and Greens [link]
Yes! They are. It’s the PAR38. Very sturdy and high light output at 50mmol PPF. Emits some heat but not excessive. My plants all thrive with their lights.
GE Grow Light Bulb, PAR38 Grow... [link]
I replaced the other cheaper GE light bulb with lower output. You practically have to place it 6” away and this one minimum distance is 24”.
This bulb is working great for my seedlings:
I have two now, plus two T5 HO 2ft 4 bulb units over a 3x6ft table. The GE bulbs are powerful and I’ve had to lift them higher a couple times to avoid burning.
I bought a GE grow light for a corner far from a window and I absolutely love it. It covers a pretty good area and it fits in a regular lamp so I can just have it as part of my decor
GE Lighting 93101232 LED Grow Light, 1 Count (Pack of 1), Balanced Spectrum [link]
Honestly, I’d just get the seeds & greens bulb and not bother with the fruits & flowers, I bought one of those too but it keeps stressing my plants
I'm using a GE Par38 Bulb for the past 18 months. I like the growth, but I'm not sure I'm getting the right color on my plants. But I'm not sure if I'm trying to improve something that's good enough already.
Don’t buy any random grow light bulb. Make sure it states the strength. Everything else is garbage and won’t give off enough light to make your plants thrive. Also keep in mind the light has to point directly at the plant and typically be 1-2 feet away MAX to provide any benefit.
Good option: [link]
This is what I use and they work great, inexpensive and produce and natural, albeit bright, looking light.
So I’ve only been using two 100w LED bulbs ([link] ) about 3’ above the potted plants and a silly 4 strip burlple led around the base. Was debating on upgrading to a panel but thought it’d be silly since I’m not using a reflective tent and it’s my first grow.
The whole setup is with two floor lamps and a tv stand..ha
I have been extremely impressed with these! You can put them in a lamp and sit on your desk but make sure the opening on the lamp is large enough for the bulb. GE Grow Light Bulb, PAR38 Grow Light Bulb for Indoor Plants, Full Spectrum, 32-Watt, Balanced Lighting for Seeds and Greens [link]
I've been using a GE Grow Light and it's been working well. I have it in a a very very dark corner. It's hung with a pendent light.
It is a very powerful light and will burn if too close though
It’s already etiolated. Could try a grow light but it’s gotta be super intense for anything bigger than a seedling. My bigger seedlings seem to like this GE bulb. I’ve actually had to increase the distance a couple times bc it’s pretty intense.
A plain white LED around 25-30 W (actual draw, not equivalent to incandescent) should be pretty cheap and should produce enough light for around a 1x1' growing area. You'd want to position it around 8-12" above your growing tray. That should also keep your tray pretty warm. Pretty much any temperature above 20 and below 35 C should be fine.
Something like this should do: [link]
Huh, didn't know there was any other light company called GE other than THE GE (General Electric). and it has the same bulb name too boot. This is the one I'm talking about: [link]
Look around ebay and you might snag a used/never-used for 50% or more off. I got mine for $16.
Here’s the light I use: [link]
I have it hanging about 3-4 ft above the plants.
I bought a GE LED PAR-38 balanced-spectrum (greens and seeds) white grow light from Amazon, and it's been fantastic. It's not the horrible retina-melting pink of grow bulbs past, rather it just seems like any other household light (I mean, other than the fact that it's HUGE. Like HUGE huge, not just lol hyperbole huge). It's energy-efficient as hell, too. I hooked it up to a pendant plug, and then clamped that sucker to a heavy, out-of-commission antique floor lamp base/pole/doohickey. I can point it wherever needed, and my plants have been living for it - literally.
The bulb uses just 32 watts and doesn't put out a lot of heat, which I like a lot. I paid $13.24 for it in May, but currently it looks like it might be out of stock directly from Amazon, though, at the moment. Their info: "GE Grow Light LED with Balanced Light Spectrum for Seeds and Greens is designed to fit your plant's growth stage. GE's Grow Light uses a balanced spectrum with a red: blue ratio inspired by best practices of professional growers. The balanced spectrum allows not only chlorophyll but also other plant pigments to optimize their light harvesting. Compared to typical purple grow lights, the light features high PPF or Photosynthetic Photon Flux to provide more light for photosynthesis and growth. The white light appears more natural to the human eye"
Here's the link: GE Lighting PAR38 Full Spectrum LED Grow Light for Indoor Plants
I purchased 2 of these "GE Lighting PAR38 Full Spectrum LED Grow Light for Indoor Plants - 32W" grow bulbs. One is lighting the garden, and I'm showing the other bulb.
I've only had it for 4 days, so I cannot report on it's longevity (if anyone has any experience here please chime in), but I'm impressed so far. It seems well built, and VERY bright.
Plenty enough for a small garden in the corner.
The bulb itself runs fairly cool (for a light bulb).. the sides and the fins stay cool enough that you wont burn yourself if you brush up against them, but the lens is hot enough to start fires, so make sure you have a sturdy place to hang this, since it has a ceramic heat sink it is fairly heavy (~0.5lb). It is recommend that you hang it vertically in a non enclosed fixture for proper cooling.
The bottom mark on the tape measure is even with the seedling level at 2ft (24 inches) the top mark is at light level.
Like I said in the video, I think this light has the power to cover about 16 x 16 in square in "sunshine power" light. The bulb has a 3 yr warranty, and is UL listed.
amazon link (I bought this with my own money, and I'm not being paid.)
I really like the GE full spectrum bulbs. [link]
The only downside is you have to make sure your lamp has a big enough shade for the bulb, but most of mine were.
Floor lamp is from article paired with a GE grow bulb
Hey guys, sorry for the late reply! Floor lamp is from article paired with a GE grow bulb
I'm using GE PAR38 LED grow lights - Amazon link here. And I just have them in generic aluminum reflectors
Yeah! It’s GE:
GE Lighting 93101232 LED Grow Light, 1 Count (Pack of 1), Balanced Spectrum
Are these the light bulbs you use? [link]
What about a 32w GE grow bulb and a stylish wall sconce or pendant fixture. There's some good ideas in the product description for the GE bulb.
GE make solid lights. I'd suggest going for their 32W PAR38 screw in grow bulb.
It pumps out 3x the amount of plant-useful light as the BR30 9W model (50µmol/s vs. 16µmol/s).
As a rule of thumb any grow light only provides useful light in to a small footprint directly under the lamp. e.g. with the 32W GE bulb you get a circle of useful light about 14" across when the bulb is 18" above your plants.
I have a few of these GE bulbs that work great, but they are very strong. I have it hanging about 4 ft above my tallest plant.
I also bought these much cheaper bulbs for a few areas. They work, but have them only 1/2-1&1/2 ft away from plants. Much less intense light.
Thanks a lot I just bought GE Grow Light Bulb 32W
Haven’t received them -yes I ordered two for the future- but very excited.
Well, first, I recommend this how-to: https://www.californiacarnivores.com/blogs/calcarn-video-care-guides/how-to-build-a-pinguicula-wall-by-daniela-ribbecke
It was really helpful!
Second, do not skip on the lighting. This terrarium had lighting that was totally inadequate for the first year and I lost some plants. I got a new light, which was better, but still not strong enough. Then I got this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NNT3G7J/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I've seen a huge improvement in a short amount of time. California Carnivores also recommended "Yescom" 1 x 1 led squares but I haven't tried them yet.
Third, I'd love some tips myself >_< I have a ton of different bladderworts in there and they don't seem happy. I think I flooded them *too* much, they've never flowered.
I did get some Maxsea fertilizer that I've yet to use.
Also, I just got a zero water pitcher - I use rain water from my water barrel and then also filter it through there.
Not getting the ufo grow star even though it's a great light. [link]
[link]. This would be better in my opinion, but I still don't think it would be enough on its own.
I like these:
GE Grow Light Bulb, PAR38 Grow Light Bulb for Indoor Plants
SANSI 24W LED Plant Light Bulb Full Spectrum LED Grow Light Plant Lights for Indoor Plants
For plants that don't need as much light, I like these:
GE BR30 LED Grow Lights for Indoor Plants, Full Spectrum, 9-Watt Grow Light Bulb, Plant Light Bulb with Balanced Lighting for Seeds and Greens
think about one of these! they’re light bulbs so you’d have to have a lamp you can screw them into. it seems like the best deal, as they’re strong and can cover a good surface area with verifiable efficiency in giving light that plants can photosynthesize with. (they show their PPF output, which is how you can tell how well grow lights work, whereas other grow lights on amazon don’t have any available info on PPF output). they also have lower watts than other grow lights on the market, which would mean less of a cost in electricity bills
Please don't use these suicide lights like you posted in the comments. "CE ROHS" MY ASS. They are line-voltage lights and are made to quite literally no standard and can just up and kill you as they are not grounded or grounded improperly.
There are a multitude of lights and light information on the sidebar info but end of the day for a space bucket you have two "really good options"
Best line-voltage non-blurple that wont kill you
Best blurple that just works and is seemingly made for space buckets that many, many people use and trust
Succulents need lots of light and little water, and I don't think a north facing window would get enough light even in the warmer months. South facing windows are the best for them. However, a lot of them respond well with artificial lighting like this link! 8-12 hours a day.
Here’s a better pic of her ([link]) I got her as a little baby plucked off another mom about 4 months ago. Since then she’s lived on this shelf under this GE grow light. The light is on for 15 hours/day with a smart plug as a timer, and I water her a lot. Like basically every day or so. Not a full drenching but also way more than any of my other succulents.
Ahh, I’ve gotten decent yields from a good old fashioned set of GE bulbs
[link] at least from my light meter, it seems really bright... I hope that’s the case 😅
I've got one of these and it seems to work pretty darn well. It's set covers a fairly large area too, here's a picture of what I have under it.
I also had bought 6 of these. They work, but they have to be pretty close, they won't cover as much area. They are OK, but I plan on slowly swapping them to the nicer bulbs later on
Yes, these are the bulbs
For a small space, I recommend this one. It’s a GE bulb and it is #bright.
Those type of multi-head lights are generally garbage. I know lots of places review them well. Most of those reviewers have never laid hands on a grow light though. They're just spinning cheap content for the Amazon affiliate commision.
I'd take kumquatkitten's advice and go with GE LED grow lights. They do a 9W or a 32W — both are standard screw-in bulbs. I've tested these and they put out a lot of useful light and are pretty energy efficient.