I thought my VFTs had been growing reeeaaaaaaaaally slow, so I decided to read up on them, and saw everywhere says to use 6500K, and I've been using 5000K. No wonder! My poor VFTs and sundews have been deprived for the past ~9 months. Boy am I honked off.
Here are some pictures. I asked about this before and people said they grow really slow, just be patient, but I'm not so sure. Should they be bigger after 8-9 months?
And why have some turned all black and (I assume) died? I probably should have adjusted the photoperiod, but it's been at 16 hrs/day since day 1. Some look healthy, though.
After looking at these pictures, my soil looks pretty darn wet in some of these pots.
I wish I'd gotten a T8 fixture instead, because I have to keep a fan on these all the time to keep them cool. They're under saran wrap to keep humity up, but that also keeps temperature up. That was for germination. I've poked holes in the saran to ease off the humidity.
They're about 4-5" beneath six 54W T5 5000K bulbs. The condensation could be messing up the light coming through, also.
What should I do? Remove the saran? Get 6500K bulbs? Poke more holes in the saran? Move the VFTs outside at this young age? I bet they'd be shocked and not have enough meat on their bones to pull through.
EDIT: I just did a temperature test and it only gets to be about 83F at the plants' height under the light without a fan and without saran. So the fan and saran are history. This should improve things. Or, rather, this better improve things. :-\