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Normal Regeneration

04 Apr

Karasmontana ‘Bella’ and L.Dorotheae are experiencing a normal regeneration.  Aren’t they gorgeous!?! You’ll notice their colors have really ‘popped’ recently. The artificial light I used all winter burnt out and out of desperation, I replaced it with a UVB/UVA bulb designed for desert reptiles (I have a bearded dragon). The manufacturer claimed the bulb would bring out maximum colors in my pet; I wonder if it did the same for my plants!

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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Dorotheae, Karasmontana

 

3 responses to “Normal Regeneration

  1. NiceLithops

    April 8, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Hi, I just purchased LED grow light 2 months ago and now wonder if UVA/UVB light will give a better results with the heat it can also provide during winter. Any thought?

     
  2. bonseyes

    April 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

    If your light is a ‘grow’ light, I think it will be fine. I don’t have experience with LED grow lights as all of mine have been broad spectrum fluorescent bulbs. You raise an interesting point with the heat though; I never really considered that. My particular bulb doesn’t put out much heat but a LED would not put out any heat at all. I keep the light very close to the plants – usually about 6 inches away – so I would be worried about burning if the bulb was too hot.

    How do your Lithops look? If you’ve been using the light for 2 months, the Lithops should be able to tell you if they like it. Are they long in the body or pale in color? Are they reaching for a natural light source, like a window?

    I plan on upgrading my lighting this Fall. I want to get T5 grow lights. This is the system I’m looking at. It’s pretty expensive though so I’m going to shop around.

    http://www.veseys.com/ca/en/store/lightgardens/spacesaving2

     
  3. NiceLithops

    April 9, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I picked my 20W LED grow light solely by chance as I can never find any suggested usage on lithops. Thus I didn’t dare to put my mature lithops under the LED. Instead I used another plant as a ‘guinea pig’ and they proved growing. Later on April 2nd, I purposely put one sowing pot under the LED and another by the window sill. They both magically germinated today. Now I am more confident the LED can provide additional light through our Vancouver cloudy winter.

    The 2-tier T5 grow lights looks neat but yet is a little expensive.

     

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