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Growing Under Lights - Cacti & Succulents

Posted by RamAlaRag WA (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 30, 14 at 1:24

Hi all,

I am new to the forum and new to growing succulents and cacti. My past experience with growing plants as a hobby is mainly gardening, seed starting, vegetables, etc. In a green house. However, I am moving, and I will no longer have the green house, and I am figuring out a grow light set up for my 40 cacti and succulents (Most are small plants, I started with about 15-20, and did some propagating.)

So, my question to all of you. I have done a little research, and I have been pointed toward using a 400w MH setup, such as this: https://www.sunlightsupply.com/shop/bycategory/sun-system-complete-systems/sun-system-digital-250-400.

However, I think in order to be efficient with this kind of a set up, I would build a 4'x4' table, which isn't really the best space wise. (Apartment).

I was originally thinking of using something like this: http://www.costco.com/Alera-Industrial-Wire-Shelving-4-Shelves-36%22-x-24%22-x-72%22-Black-.product.11517581.html.
Then hanging T5 fluorescents above each shelf. The top shelf would be reserved for the taller cacti.

I wont have much for supplemental natural light. So, they need to be able to grow off of lights alone. Should I go with the MH/HPS (Thinking MH mostly for general growth) set up? Or can I go with fluorescents? Or fluorescents/MH mix? I am a college student, and funds are slightly snug, so buying one MH setup for each shelf would be costly.

Sorry for the long read, thank you all in advance!


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