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Old Yesterday, 04:24 PM
 
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Hi,

I have a huge succulent plant garden that I had to bring in for the winter. Currently they only get sun from the back French door (facing South). I just purchased several grow lights and to give them light during the winter months. My questions: 1. Should the grow lights be on during the day or night?
2. Do succulents need 24/7 light, or do they need to rest at night and only have light during the day? In the summer, they got plenty light because they were on the deck during the day facing pretty intense light from the southern sun. All of them are doing very well, growing and having little babies. By the way, some are potted in regular clay pots and some are planted in large low-round clay bowls (assorted arrangement). They are planted in cactus soil/pelite mix, fertilized in warm weather, watered only once a month with rain water. I've cut back on the water because they are dormant in the winter (too much water is a death sentence for a succulent).


Thanks in advance for helping with my questions!
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Old Yesterday, 06:11 PM
 
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they do not need constant light (all plants everywhere grow in places that have day and night as a natural thing) and so "no light at night" is o.k. the grow lights should be find during the day as a supplement to ambient light that you already have.


hope this helps.
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Old Today, 06:52 PM
 
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Succulents need min 6 hrs night time to rest and grow normally. Succulents are mostly water, water freezes at 32, so best to put them where there is freeze protection or if they're non-movable cover them with a frost proof cover.
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Old Today, 10:36 PM
 
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Just time your lights with the natural light.
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Old Today, 11:06 PM
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I've grown Escobaria once. After a few days, I transplanted it into the soil and it bloomed like crazy. The best part was that it kept the snakes out.
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