Well it's been almost a month since the last plant pics. The smaller plant in the small pot still doesn't look great although it is hanging on and the base is getting broader and the leaves a bit longer and wider. Clearly way behind the other plant though. SO I am still not entirely sure what is up. I gave it another fungicide drench yesterday to see if that makes any impact. Some of the issue I think has been the light. The 26w is not quite strong enough and very warm (yellow color) so not that great for plant growth. The larger plant which was under the 42w because I felt I might have been cooking the small plant with it lost alot of color when the bulb blew and I had to run 2 26w spotlights for a week.
So here are some pics.. You can see the size difference between the two plants.
new light with reflector. Nice and bright! I have a second reflector but one bulb was bad so they are sending a replacement. For now they will have to share the one new fixture. I also have one of the 26w on still to suppliment until I can get the second fixture running.
The new fixture is positioned so that the bottom of the reflector is a few inches above the tallest leaves. That puts the bulb about 5 or 6 inches above the plant. It is a bit warmer than the 42w but doesn't feel overly hot. Will see how it goes. The new bulb is also alot whiter and clearly bluer and not so yellow. I think that will help alot!
Just a bit closer up showing both plants.
I haven't done any measurements before so figured I would do that so you can get an idea of the leaf length here. Longest leaf about 6" on the larger plant.
Just a close up shot of the middle of the larger plant. You can see how the glands are much paler than they used to be. It has been under the new light for all of one day. Will be interesting to see how it looks in a week or two from now.
Some other observations.. The smaller plant is still losing leaves at about the same rate they are being produced and they don't have the best looking color overall. Although they are getting longer and wider slowly so I still have hopes that it will turn around with the new light and start putting out better growth. I water the large plant about twice a week.. Sometimes I fill the tray to bottom water it and sometimes I give the top a flood and let it drain. The small plant gets water about every other day or so. Usually I just put water in the bottom tray and let it soak up until I see the top getting moist. I decided to flush the pot today though after giving it a fungicide drench the day before. So I ran alot of water through it.. hence alot of the peat came to the surface. They are still on the long day length with 18 hours of light. I am considering cutting that back to 9 and increasing it slowly to see if I can get the larger plant to flower this Summer..
edit: Just for future reference, the leaves on the small plant measure 4"