Ficus Trees

Ficus Benjamina Indoor Light Confusion

Davejoyal added on July 22, 2015 | Answered

Sorry to be a bother to anyone, I just haven't been able to find a specific answer. I appreciate the links, but they're generalized and not specific to Ficus benjamina. I've read most articles you've linked and they usually say provide a full spectrum of light. While that's great for most plants, I've also read strictly foliage plants, such as the ficus, do not need the full spectrum and the reds can be left out. Does anyone have any direct knowledge or a link for the color temp (kelvin) that ficus prefer? Also, here is a pic of the lights for my tree when it comes back in. I'm trying to figure out if I should just swap the reddish bulb in the middle if it's not needed. I used my lux meter and it's the same amount of light as looking into the blue part of the sky at noon. 7500 lumens worth of light. Thanks for your time and for reading all of my annoying posts.

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Answered on July 23, 2015

The changes in the lumens as you mention I don't think will make any noticeable difference in your plant growth.
You may want to to seek advice from a lighting store that may have specifics in light spectrums.

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