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    Drosera adelae lighting

    I am new to growing CP, and I bought a D. adelae and I don't have any windows that get any sun fot more than an hour or so. But I found a old reptile light (I think UV) That was kind of bright. the good thing about this light is it had two normal light fixtures. I put two 23 watt full spectrum compact florescent bulb in it. The bulbs only put out 1600 lumens each. Is this ok or do I have to have shop lights? ( I will have to do some serious rearranging of furniture to fit a 4 foot shop light in my house)

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    the CFL bulbs are fine. i used to use them. however expect a little die back as D. adelae dosent like too much light. but with patience you can adjust it very well.
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    My concern was it wasn't getting enough light so i put the two lights in. they arnt as bright as the other bulbs. they wouldn't be able to light a whole room.

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    as long as they are within 12in from the plant (for starting out) they are fine. over the next few weeks you can move them closer and closer to your sundew

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    Anyone have a lux meter and can tell me/us what the lux reading is at the plant? Lumens doesn't really help when we are talking about how far to move the lights and stuff. Also, i hear more light the better, then i hear they don't like too much. So how about just a number here with a lux meter. Right now with my 18 watt light about 2 inches from my plant i get a reading of about 4000 lux.

    Just for reference, sunlight on a normal day can range from 32000 to 100000 lux.

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    there are only 3 CPs that i know of that dont like high light.
    D. adelae
    D. prolifera
    D. schizandra

    all other love the light. ive adjusted my D. adelae to higher lighth levels. mine has a great coloration...though it dosent keep its leaves for long


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    They also do well under artificial lighting. They flower and produce plantlets under both conditions.

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    Of the three species mentioned, Drosera adelae can color up nicely with strong artificial light, or even strong San Diego, California sunlight. They become a dark, almost blood red with a hint of orange:
    They seem to be a magnet for spider mites, which can quickly devastate the above-ground parts of the plant. After a bad spider mite attack this species often returns, in-force, from its root system.
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