Carnivorous Plants/lights


I have a Fraser Island Sundew in a window and I am thinking it is not getting enough light.  I have had it for a couple of months and it doesn't seem to be growing, is not turning red, and doesn't appear to have dew.  I think I need to put it under a light.  I have read about LED lights but would an icandescent light such as a GE Grow light bulb work for this plant?

I haven't experimented with LED lights, so I can't comment on them.  Most growers who have tried them out expressed mediocre results.  Besides, at their current value, it would take 5 years to recoup the cost you would save in electricity.  

Avoid incandescent lights, even those labeled as grow lights.  They do not produce sufficient UV light necessary for optimal plant growth.  Instead, use compact fluorescent bulbs or tubes of 40-watts (actual output) or more.  Keep the light source about 8 inches above the plant, 14-14 hours per day.

For more information about using artificial lights, read our care guide for tropical sundews online.

Good growing!
Jacob Farn

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