Return to the House Plants Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Question about supplementing light for my houseplants

Posted by grice z5 Michigan (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 3, 12 at 11:52

My plants&I have(fairly)recently moved to a new home. The new place doesn't have the exposure my old place had.Instead of an East&West exposure I now only have a West exposure. My plants aren't doing as well as they once did. Among the plants I have are Calamondin,Sago,three Ficus trees,Cast Iron,Bella Palm,&Florida Beauty. I'd like to hang supplemental fluorescent lighting but don't know exactly what to buy. Should I get a shop light&hang that in the living room or should I be looking for something else?
Thanks in advance

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Question about supplementing light for my houseplants


I don't grow under supplemental lighting, but if you don't get another response, you might go to the 'Growing Under Lights' Forum and look for threads titled with your desired subject or lots of responses to one particular thread.

Here is a link that might be useful: There's a light over at the Frankenfurter place

RE: Question about supplementing light for my houseplants

For general use, a shop light will be fine, for your tubes go with "Daylight" tubes, they have a better color temperature for plant growth. they will be labeled "Daylight" and/or be labeled 5500K or 6500K. This "K" number is the color temperature which relates to what spectrum of light is shining from the tube. 5500K to 6500K is good for general plant growth. With plain lamps much of the light is not utilized by the plants so even though you see a lot of light, your plants, at the same time don't perceive a lot of it. Plenty of folks might post that they use regular tubes and their plant are fine and maybe so but for a few bucks more your plants will be better off. Your plants have value so why be cheap about it?

You can also use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in smaller lamps. Cost more but you have more options of fixtures since it is going in your living room you may want something nicer looking then a shop light.

RE: Question about supplementing light for my houseplants

Wait, back this truck up!

If something like Bella palm (Chamaedorea elegans, parlor palm, right?) is not doing well, I would look at something besides light. These plants need very little light. The one I've had for about 20 years is so big, it has to go off in a corner so it doesn't block the light from all of my other plants that need to winter at that window. Many times throughout the years it has spent time (seasons) in even darker corners. Outside, it burns if the sun hits it for more than a few minutes. Not sufficient experience with the others to say much, but a west window should be good for almost any sun-lover. How far from the window are they? Is it a tiny window? Just going by the palm again, I'd start looking at the soil because even zero actual direct light should be sufficient to keep this looking nice. Seems like something else is going on with the environment. What's the situation in the pots, the roots? No humidity? No air circulation? Pics would say 1,000 words for you...

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the House Plants Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here