Hi Fronds! Autumn is finally upon us, its my favorite season, which means winter is coming and I will be bringing in my plants from the balcony soon. I remember panicking when I started collecting houseplants in the middle of winter. “Why are my calatheas unhappy!!!??” I rushed out and got a bunch of bulbs and lamps to try to get my babies through their first winter. We survived! And by the second winter, I had a much better idea of what I needed so I am here to share with you the lessons I learned and answer some of the most frequently asked grow light questions.
0:00 Do houseplants need grow lights for the winter?
0:49 Does light exposure matter?
0:54 Why I need grow lights all year round
1:50 No grow lights, no problem
2:07 How to water your plants during winter months?
2:50 Where you live matters
4:09 What to look for when buying grow lights
4:24 What are kelvins?
4:47 What are lumens?
5:56 Can you use regular lights as grow lights?
6:36 How far away should the light be from your plant?
7:09 How do you know if your plant is getting enough light?
8:05 Can I use a CFL bulb as a grow light?
8:16 LED or CFL?
8:33 How long should you keep your grow lights on for?
9:21 Are pink/purple grow lights better?
9:58 More grow light bulb examples
10:27 Using spot lights as grow lights
11:16 Light strip or bulb?
11:41 Reflective foil for shelving
12:10 More grow light hacks and light clamps
💚💚💚 Links from the video 💚💚💚
💡2 ft LED shop lights, I find them brighter than the 4 ft version.
💡 CFL Bulbs I am using
Ikea don’t sell this in the US but look at the specs as a comparison point.
💡 $10 GE grow light
💡 Spot Lights
💡 Ikea Light cord
💡 String lights
💡 Reflective vinyl
💡 Clamp Light
💡 IKEA side table – love the GREEN! =)
My DIY tropical plant potting mix:
***DIY Soil Mix***
For Moisture 💦, Coco Peat/Coir 🧱 Single https://amzn.to/3b0qo6z 3 pack https://amzn.to/36KWBvh (Less than 1/3)
🥥Coco Bark/Husk Single https://amzn.to/2Oh1sOG 3 pack https://amzn.to/2UdwR8d
Chunky Perlite https://amzn.to/31dQTRo
Charcoal 🍃 https://amzn.to/2SaFi1B
***Lechuza Planting Substrate***
***Other soil bits***
🌵Succulent Cactus mix 🌵 https://amzn.to/2u7rehj (want a quick draining mix for your tropical plants?)
Potting mix 💚https://amzn.to/2GIadNo
***Nutrients/Fertilizers I add to my soil***
🟡Slow release fertilizer https://amzn.to/36GYARf
Organic 🍀 fertilizer https://amzn.to/37Qgcvu
Worm casting 🐌 https://amzn.to/2u7PZKg
🦪🦪Oyster shells https://amzn.to/2OkmH22
***Fertilizer I add to my water***
🐟🌿Fish and Seaweed (warning it smells) https://amzn.to/36KXZxZ
I use this when I am feeling lazy🍴 https://amzn.to/3aWaIS1
Liquid Dirt https://www.liquidirt.com/
***DIY Insecticide spray***
1 tablespoon (15 ml) of castile soap in 1 quart of water (32 oz) https://amzn.to/2VEePvP
Leca/Hydroton 🌱 https://amzn.to/38aALCQ
Drill bit to make your own 🕳holes https://amzn.to/2Oe5dUH
200 foot candle is the minimum light required for plants to grow
Light meter https://amzn.to/31b6Fgh
Light meter app I have on my phone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tsang.alan.lightmeter&hl=en_US
iOS recommendations: https://www.photoworkout.com/best-light-meter-apps/
🌱🌱🌱Self watering pots
These are the smallest, close to 3 inches. Good for things that have shallow roots like peperomias. https://amzn.to/3b263wN
I like these the most. They’re great for your 4 inch plants. https://amzn.to/33seJtK
This is the largest size I found, equivalent to 6 inch pot size. https://amzn.to/2vswMUc
And if you want to hang your plants… Wall hanging pots:
3 inches https://amzn.to/2ITWpjZ
4 inches https://amzn.to/2Wllb4r
6 inches https://amzn.to/2QqfZsd
Hanging Plant 🌿solution https://amzn.to/31deYId
🔥Heat mats 🔥2 packs https://amzn.to/2Ot7Zps
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