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This is a discussion on LED Lighting Experiment WARNING: IMAGE HEAVY! within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So, a while back I saw some amazing photographs of a Neofinetia Falcata and I ...
So, a while back I saw some amazing photographs of a Neofinetia Falcata and I immediately fell in love. The (usually) compact growth, amazing history, awesome fragrance and general hardiness drew me in and so I purchased two last December. They resided on my windowsill and pretty much sulked for about six months. Then they threw out a new growth, and then sulked. I was not getting good results and I was not happy with my culture. So I tried something that someone else had tried and had good results with, which was high humidity, LED chip tech light and a small muffin fan to help with airflow. I tried this for about three months, with little to show for it. By then I had purchased another two, both of which were not preforming well. Finally, I decided I was gonna grow these little guys and I was going to grow them well.
So I purchased another half dozen neofinetias, a 12"x12"x18" terrarium and then had to decide which lighting option I wanted to go with. I decided on a LED panel, 28w with only blue and red bulbs. My main reasoning for this was to dispel all of the half-truths and doubt regarding the lighting method by simply putting it to the test.
So I present to you, the test subjects:
Here are the current daytime conditions:
A "family portrait", if you will:
What they look like under lights:
I am happy to answer any and all questions, looking forward to seeing this project through.
I tried to get as many different growing speeds, from Tamakongo all the way to Setonotrurugi.
Will likely update once a month, possibly sooner if there are things to note.
What a great experiment, hope it goes well.
Good set-up, I do have a recommendation though, if the LED light is the only light they are getting then you probably want to lower the lights closer to them, or else it will be insufficient.