Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Succulents and light

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Name: Lucille
Texas
Lucillle
Sep 26, 2017 1:17 PM CST
I'm new, I've just ordered some succulents and have a question.
First, an intro: After 40 years of living in houses and having beautiful gardens, I'm now living in an apartment again, and I miss my gardens. But for me as a senior the house was getting a little more than I wanted to deal with.
So I am going to get some houseplants of various kinds including succulents. I have a beautiful living room window and my plant collection will go there and some on the patio. I'm pretty sure that the succulents will need some additional light, but how does one decide how much light that would be? I've read up some, read about etiolation, and I want to do right by my plants.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Sep 26, 2017 1:31 PM CST
Welcome. I over winter about 700 succulents in my small, dark house. In general I'd say you cannot give them too much light. Your window will probably not do. Very common comment is: Well, it looks bright to me. I use many fixtures of T5 HO, 6500K lights. Very efficient = more light than heat for your electric dollar. Of course, some succulents require more light, cactus usually fits this bill. Some, like Sansevieria need less. Do all the research you can. Read posts here. Ask questions. Gene
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Sep 26, 2017 1:53 PM CST
There's a few in the Gasteria and Haworthia family that don't need as much light.
Name: Lucille
Texas
Lucillle
Sep 26, 2017 2:23 PM CST
gasrocks said:Do all the research you can.

I definitely have my work cut out for me. I ordered some succulents that are sold as a small collection, it never even crossed my mind that the light needs of each might differ from the others, so hopefully they are labelled and definitely I'm going to read up on each of them.

Name: Baja
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Sep 26, 2017 2:45 PM CST

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As a general rule, your succulents (both shade and sun loving) will do well indoors with hours of daily sun. If your window is facing a southerly direction, that helps a lot during the dark days of winter. I keep all kinds of succulents right by a window that faces SW, with no need for lights. Smiling
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Sep 26, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Sorry, I was not paying attention to where everyone is located. Baja is in Baja (duh Gene) and Lucille is in TX. Sun is a bit weaker in the Winter here in WI. And, way more cloudy days. I gotta have those lights. Besides, I want healthy, blooming plants. Gene
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purpleinopp
Sep 27, 2017 4:56 AM CST
Hi & welcome, Lucille! If you have names or pics of your specific plants, folks can share anecdotes about various conditions that have made them thrive, or otherwise.

Gene, LOL! I tell myself (about myself) "DUH" all the time!

Winter is one of the awesome things about moving south. It's usually still sunny most days, even if it gets a little cold at night.
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Name: Lucille
Texas
Lucillle
Sep 27, 2017 6:15 AM CST
purpleinopp said:Hi & welcome, Lucille! If you have names or pics of your specific plants, folks can share anecdotes about various conditions that have made them thrive, or otherwise.


I really appreciate that thank you. The plants should arrive this next week, hopefully they will be labelled and I will list them. I am not sure whether I need to repot them into new mix (or how often that needs to be done with succulents/cacti) although most of them are being sent in round pots and the ones I purchased are mostly square so I will have to transfer them.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Sep 27, 2017 7:08 AM CST
I think the record number of cloudy days in a row for here is something like 20. In the Winter, of course. Gene
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tarev
Sep 27, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Hello Lucille, light intensities indoors varies a lot every season. On my side, once the cool weather is here, I position the tender ones to our south facing room. That is the warmest and brightest area I have. I don't use extra lighting fixtures either. Typically some succulents will slow down in growth during the cooler months, some are active at that time, like the alpine succulents. So I can still leave the alpine ones outdoors. Our winters are much milder, no snow, instead we get winter rains. Wet and cold is the worst condition you can give them, so indoors, with lesser light, you will also have to adjust your watering regimen. Some get so fixated with light but tend to overwater during the cold months, so be careful with that and make your media gritty, use containers with drain holes, so they can hang on till next Spring.
Name: Lucille
Texas
Lucillle
Oct 19, 2017 4:39 AM CST
I ended up getting a light fixture for the cactus/succulent area. Then the hanging plants didn't look like they were getting enough light so I bought some ZooMed mini dual light fixtures. I just hung them yesterday and will put bulbs in them today.
I will be careful watering too. They may be inside permanently, there are just too many potential perils on a first floor apartment complex patio that is easily accessible to people/critters.
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Cinta
Oct 19, 2017 10:30 AM CST
Lucillle,

I found the biggest problem with succulents is water. I always tell people mainly my sister Whistling , "if you like to water plants succulents are not for you". I kept sending her succulent plants and she kept killing them. She is one of those must water every other day people.

I live in a mostly cloudy winter state so I just grow them cool and water only about every 6-7 wks. until I can take them outside after the winter,
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