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Cedar Falls, Iowa
Mishca
May 3, 2020 8:10 PM CST
I have a small little Jade plant that sat very happily either outside or in my south facing window over the last year, but I recently moved places and now have mostly northeast facing windows with only medium/low light during the day due to the trees around. I am keeping him near a window, and have a clip plant lamp that I have been sticking him near in the evenings which kept him nice and happy in the winter.

My question is how long should I be sticking my jade under the plant lamp each day to help make up for the lower lighting he's exposed to now? From my understanding they should get at least 4 hours of direct light so should I do 4 hours under the lamp?

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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 8:53 PM CST
I think your Jade would do better if the light was on for 12 to 14 hours a day.
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
Mishca
May 4, 2020 10:50 PM CST
DaisyI said:I think your Jade would do better if the light was on for 12 to 14 hours a day.


Wow! Not what I was expecting. I am a little bit concerned about leaving the lamp on that long while I'm gone since it heats up, but I will at least make sure to start leaving it on all evening till I go to bed and watch the results and adjust from there. Thank you for the response.
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WillC
May 5, 2020 12:30 PM CST
What type of bulb is it? Incandescent? Halogen?
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
Mishca
May 5, 2020 8:30 PM CST
WillC said:What type of bulb is it? Incandescent? Halogen?


LED but it still gets quite hot to the touch. I'm probably a bit over paranoid though, but the people in the adjoining place is an elderly couple which makes me concerned about their safety if it did manage to somehow set something on fire.
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
May 6, 2020 1:24 AM CST
Mishca said:

LED but it still gets quite hot to the touch. I'm probably a bit over paranoid though, but the people in the adjoining place is an elderly couple which makes me concerned about their safety if it did manage to somehow set something on fire.


What kind of LED gets hot to the touch? But in any case, a jade plant needs a LOT of light and it needs the right kind of light. Something in the 5-6K frequency.

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