Ficus Trees

Ficus Benjamina Grow Light Question


Davejoyal added on June 9, 2015 | Answered

Have some small ficus that have rooted in water and are now in soil. They are budding and growing new leaves and I can see rapid root growth in their clear starter pots I've use. I'm curious if the light I have will do anything to help. It's a plant grow light and it has a 7800 kelvin temp. Seems a little high and emits a pinkish purple hue. I do know that both red and blue are what plants need (more so red if they flower, which mine obviously do not). Will this make a difference? The ficus are also receiving filtered sunlight from a southern window as well as the grow light. Coolest part about the ficus clippings - when I was in Florida I cut them off a Ficus benjamina hedge that was growing outside. Ended up getting them back to Vermont in a water battle.


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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 9, 2015

I like to use a full spectrum florescent bulb.
Don't forget to turn off the light for a rest each day.
I like 18 on and 6 off. You can use a timer.
Here are a few articles.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/fluorescent-lighting-for-indoor-gardening.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-light-affects-the-growth-of-a-plant-problems-with-too-little-light.htm

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