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Plants that does not require UV lights

Discussion in 'Live Plants' started by Otteresting, May 27, 2018.

  1. Otteresting

    Otteresting Arachnoknight

    Hello, I've planned to house my Lasiodora Parahybana in her final form terrarium. It will be a 60x30x30cm (turtle terrarium) covered with a plexiglass plate (with many holes in it).

    So I am looking for non-toxic plants that would not require UV lights. I have plants in my room since many months and they are all fit and healthy so I know this would be possible.

    Could anyone make me a small list ? :)

    Thanks :)
  2. schmiggle

    schmiggle Arachnoprince Active Member

    I can't think of any plants that do need UV. Chlorophyll doesn't absorb light in the UV spectrum more than a few tens of hertz past the visible.
  3. Acro

    Acro I Want A Golden Goose! Old Timer

    Any normal light bulb should work, no special UV bulb needed. What you will need is light that is bright enough (or dark enough) for the specific type of plant(s) you want to grow.

    What plants are you thinking about?
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  4. Otteresting

    Otteresting Arachnoknight

    I was thinking to put a Bromelia. If there's only one plant, I don't think i'll need to buy a big UV light right ?
  5. schmiggle

    schmiggle Arachnoprince Active Member

    You never need to buy a UV light. The amount of light it will need, though, is dependent on which bromeliad you get--bromeliads range in light requirements from deep shade to full sun. What species were you thinking of?
  6. Otteresting

    Otteresting Arachnoknight

    The one I would like to plant is a "BROMELIA Guzmania", it would be big enought to fill a good part of the enclosure
  7. schmiggle

    schmiggle Arachnoprince Active Member

    Guzmania appears to be ok with low light conditions. However, you almost certainly still need to buy some sort of bulb.

    Aside from that, pot in an orchid mix or mount on some sort of slab. Don't plant directly into the terrarium substrate--too thin, no drainage, probably the wrong consistency. Water into the cup, but replace frequently. Keep the substrate damp. Sorry if you already know all this information--figured I would share just in case.
  8. Otteresting

    Otteresting Arachnoknight

    I don't think the substrate is deep enought to hold the roots so a pot would fix that problem as you said so :).

    I'm probably gonna buy a small bulb just to try, and then upgrade the whole setup with more plants and a bigger light.

    Thanks :)
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