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Need help with lights for orchid growing

This is a discussion on Need help with lights for orchid growing within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hey there What kind of t8 lights should i get for the orchids. i have ...

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    jlui is offline Junior Member
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    Default Need help with lights for orchid growing

    Hey there

    What kind of t8 lights should i get for the orchids.
    i have 2 fixtures for 4 tubes. and wondering which type of light i should get. i have the grow tube from philips . . but its red. is that ok ? and ya.

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    I use t8 flourescent lighting....four tubes. I alternate red and blue. No complaints from the plants so far. They need both ends of the spectrum for different reasons. I can't remember which but I think that the blue end is good for vegetative growth and the red for flowering. Flowering is useless on a plant that isn't growing well to begin with.

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    I had searched on the web and they said those 6500K (cold white) ones are OK.

    I use GE 6500K CFLs found in boxstore.

    Just my 2c.

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