Post by prairiegardens on Sept 14, 2017 6:35:59 GMT -5
The bulbs are 2 years old now, not sure how quickly light intensity fades. They still throw light of course but it does seem they are less bright now. I just have a hard time throwing things out that still work, and fluorescent bulbs are not environmentally friendly, which makes it worse.
I have a couple of LED shop light fixtures ready to mount, but haven't any idea what the light intensity there is, no ratings given and the reviews just said they were "really really bright" and " much brighter than expected" so hoping for the best. Oh for an old fashioned camera with a light meter! .
It would be nice to know what other people use , how they set them up and how often they change them out. This system is about as basic a setup as possible though. The previous one many many moons ago I'd wired in a couple of incandescent bulb between the fluorescent fixtures and although those fixtures were t12s never got leggy plants. Planning to go off grid though, and incandescents are hydro hogs.
Post by prairiegardens on Sept 22, 2017 16:48:51 GMT -5
Just got the first sprout from what was sold as a satsuma orange break the soil, two leaves! The three other sprouted/planted seeds not showing above soil yet and the unplanted seeds aren't doing anything at all now, they may have got chilled when the heat wasn't turned on in the house the first night it turned cold. So pleased that at least one is actually growing!
You must have had to go through a lot of fruit; true satsumas have very few seeds
I have a few seed grown lemons in a pot, but they are not doing well; two seem to have no ability to develop leaves and the third is albino.
I have some greengage pits I am planning to try and stratify and then plant (putting them outside is too risky with our number of squirrels and chipmunks.
I also have been trying to take samples of fruit from any feral apples I find though that is not going well. The best two trees I remember are no longer there*). And the only one that is somewhere in usable size range (it's about cherry sized, so probably more crab than regular) is too bitter to eat (it might be handy if I was making hard cider but as a table fruit......)