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Okay, back to succulents…
Some succulents like snake plants can thrive in low light conditions, but others? Not so much! It can be hard to provide most succulents with the amount of sunlight they need, especially if you’re growing them indoors. They need between 4 and 6 hours of bright, direct sunlight per day. That can be hard to provide, even in the sunniest home!
If your succulents are looking a little pale or aren’t growing as fast as you’d like, you might want to supplement the natural light they’re getting with a grow light. Artificial light won’t hurt your succulents—it will actually make them healthier overall and prevent etiolation. They’ll grow a lot quicker and have a better chance of blooming, too! However, if you firmly believe your home provides sufficient lighting, but still need some tips on growing your succulents indoors, head over to this article!
Sound good? Then take a look at this list of the best grow lights—you’ll be able to find one both you and your succulents love!
Plant LED Light Kit with Timer Function
If you want a modern grow light that will fit right in with your contemporary furnishings, this light kit is the one! It has a white shelf that holds your plants, so it looks more like a piece of home decor than a grow light. It has white LED lights, not red and blue, so it won’t give off that distracting purple glow that some other grow lights do.
It looks a little small from the outside, but one reviewer who keeps her cacti and lithops in it said that the inside space is pretty big. She shared some pictures of her setup and had a large dish garden and two medium sized plants in there, so it can actually fit a pretty big portion of your succulent collection!
One of the main reasons this LED light is going on our wishlist is the timer function. It automatically turns off after 16 hours, giving your plants the perfect amount of artificial light each day. This grow light is just as low maintenance as our succulents because it turns itself on and off, which is a feature we really love!
LED Grow Light With Fan
This little grow light is perfect for small apartments! It doesn’t take up a lot of space and comes with a cute little plant pot that can fit a few small succulents in it. It also has a mini fan that can be used to provide extra airflow to your succulents in stuffy indoor environments. Airflow is super important for succulents because it helps the soil dry out faster and prevents root rot. So the mini fan is a great feature!
Another thing that we love about this grow light is that it has an adjustable gooseneck, which is perfect for when it’s time to water your plants!
It allows you to change the angle of the light or move it closer to or further away from your succulent. This is a great feature to have because you can adjust the position of the grow light based on the height of your plant. No more dealing with tall, sunburned succulents that were too close to the light!
We also like that this grow light was designed for and tested on succulents! The manufacturer put pictures from their four- week- test at the bottom of the Amazon listing. The succulents had a nice, healthy blush at the end of the four weeks, so if you have colored succulents that are starting to lose their vibrancy, give this grow light a try!
Red and Blue Spectrum Dimmable Grow Light
We’ll admit it—red and blue spectrum grow lights give off a purple glow that can be a little distracting. But we use them because they’re the absolute best grow lights for our succulents. Your succulents need red and blue light to both grow and flower, so this light will give them exactly what they need. One reviewer said that her string of hearts plant grew significantly after being under this grow light for just one month, so red and blue light really works!
Another feature that we like is this light’s programmable timer. It will turn the light off after 3, 6, or 12 hours. You can also dim this light, so if your succulents don’t respond well to a strong light setting and start to get a little sunburned, you can turn down the intensity really easily. It also has an adjustable gooseneck that allows you to position the light closer or further away from your succulents, which ensures that they’re the perfect distance away from the light (which is usually 18 to 24 inches).
LED Grow Light Bulb Full Spectrum
This grow light bulb is full spectrum, so it’s just about the closest thing you can get to natural sunlight. It will support your plant’s growth and make its colors more vibrant, which is what one succulent lover experienced when he started using this grow light.
He uses this light as a supplement to the natural light he gives his plant babies each day. He said that his plants are growing faster and looking more vibrant than they did with natural sunlight alone. Aren’t those awesome results?!
One of the other things we love about this grow light is that you can install it into a lamp. Some grow lights are kind of big and bulky and don’t fit in with the design of your home. But this light can be hidden away inside your favorite lamp, like this one, so no one will even know it’s there!
Large Fluorescent Grow Lamp
If you have a big succulent collection, then this is the lamp you wanna get! It’s 2 whole feet long, so you can fit lots of plants underneath it. It uses fluorescent lightbulbs, which are less energy efficient than LED lights, so it costs a little more money to run. But some succulent lovers swear by fluorescent lights and say they’re better for your plants than LEDs. So the extra costs may be worth it!
One succulent lover said that setting up this grow light was super easy and that her entire cacti collection fits underneath it. She liked it so much that she’s buying another one for the rest of her plant collection. She may want to consider ordering this 12- pack of succulent pots! That’s quite the endorsement!
We highly recommend getting yourself one of these artificial lights before the cold weather rolls around so you and your succulent babies can stay toasty warm together in the winter! Aside from getting a good artificial light, here’s some additional tips on taking care of your succulents in the winter.
Now that you know some of the benefits of artificial light and what the best grow lights for succulents are, are you going to purchase one? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Thanks for reading, happy planting! 🌱