Nepenthes acclamation/too much light?

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Nepenthes acclamation/too much light?

by tropicalemporium » Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:53 am

Hi everyone, I’m fairly new to nepenthes so before buying any plants I did tons of research to better equip myself with the necessary knowledge of their requirements. I decided to begin with some hybrids since every one seems to say they’re vigorous growers and more forgiving especially for beginners. I’m currently growing N. ventrata, N. miranda, and N. rafflesiana x sibuyanensis aka “ Suki.” When I got the plants in the mail I potted them up in a mixture of long fiber sphagnum moss, perlite, and fine orchid fir bark. I also ordered a Mars Hydro TS 600w full spectrum led grow light and have it 26 inches above the plants and it is on a timer set to 12 hours a day. To make their acclimation easier I thought it would be a good idea to place them under some humidity domes with the vents open since my humidity indoors is currently not ideal. I have one open pitcher on my suki and and another one on the way. I dropped in a small freeze dried bloodworm and figure I’ll do this as each pitcher opens on all the plants. I’ve noticed that the miranda and suki are turning red. I’ve done some reading and a lot of people say this is normal, others say it’s too much light, and others say that it’s ok as long as the leaves don’t start getting splotchy or burned. Problem is I don’t know what to make of all these answers based on what my plants look like so I figured I’d post pictures and get some opinions. I’ve been watering them with distilled water and misting them occasionally. Please let me know if I can improve anything about my current setup or if I should change anything. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I added some pictures of my setup as well as pictures of my plants right when I got them vs now under the new light for a week and a half. Thanks so much!
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Re: Nepenthes acclamation/too much light?

by optique » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:06 am

I got all my Nepenthes is full south facing sun for the winter they seem to love it. the Miranda started getting very dark very fast so i moved a large cactus in between it and the window, seem to have worked out started pitching. I got it from the same place as yours is was very shocked, took for ever to recover.

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Re: Nepenthes acclamation/too much light?

by tropicalemporium » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:07 pm

Thanks for the feedback! So do you think I should move the light up a few more inches? If the 600w light is too intense I could always return it and maybe get a 300w or something. My Miranda has been growing and not turning as red. My Suki however, has turned almost completely all red. I’m just worried that new growth will burn if the light is too intense. Should I change something about my setup now while I still have the chance or just leave my plants alone and let them acclimate naturally to the new light conditions? Thanks.

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Re: Nepenthes acclamation/too much light?

by jpappy789 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:39 pm

In my experience, both Suki and Miranda tend to color up more so than other Neps. However, assuming I found the correct model on Amazon, you're probably getting at least 300 umol at 26". To me, that still seems like quite a bit for most Nepenthes.
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Re: Nepenthes acclamation/too much light?

by tropicalemporium » Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:30 am

Ok I think I may return my 600w light since it sounds like it’s too intense for nepenthes and maybe get a 300w light instead. In spring I plan on growing my plants outdoors since I live in Southern California so I just need a grow light that will suffice for winter. Thanks for the feedback I really appreciate it!

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Re: Nepenthes acclamation/too much light?

by tropicalemporium » Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:44 am

I’m sorry but I need your help again. I’m planning on returning my Mars Hydro TS600w because it’s too strong. Lumens, Lux, umols, and PAR ranges as far as LEDs go are very foreign to me since I’m a beginner and don’t know what the appropriate ranges should be for the nepenthes I’m currently growing. I’ve found 3 options that I think are better suited for my setup. The wattage ranges from 30w of actual output to 65w of actual output. They are all full spectrum ranging from 3500k to 4000k. I’m just not knowledgeable enough to make a decision on my own and would love some feedback about the matter. The Mars Hydro is way too intense and I think it pulls around 100w of actual output so I’m wondering if stepping the power back to 65w would be ideal, or if I decided to go with the 30w if that would be way too little light. I’m planning on hanging the light above the plants at a maximum of height of 24 inches since I can’t move the shelf the light will be on any higher. One of the 65w light says it produces 10,000 lumens. Is this ok or too much for nepenthes? Pictures of the lights on amazon are below. Thanks again! :D
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