Plants & Light
We are at the peak of the dark season. It won’t get any darker now. Winter solstice was yesterday. Now it will only get lighter. But until it does…
Until the light comes back, you have to help the plants and give them some additional light.
Some lights are for Xmas decoration and don’t give all that much light to the plants, other lights for keeping the plants alive over the dark winter months.
For the latter I use a lamp called SUNLITE that comes from Venso Eco Solutions. It costs SEK 349, so not cheap. One is used for my figtree when it is indoors over winter. I got the first one about two years ago at a garden fair and used it over winter for the first time last winter.
This year I got a second one, for my olivetree. This time at a regular plantshop. Both have white shades, but you can get it in other colors.
The lamp has a periscope stand that you “plant” in the pot and drag out to desired length. The cord is really long so you can get it into the nearest electric outlet. The light is LED, with specific strength for plant-needs.
It kept my figtree alive the entire winter-period last year and I hope it will do that also this year, as well as for the olive-tree.
In the bedroom, where the figtree stand, I also have a decorative star lamp in the window, as is usual this time of the year. It doesn’t do all that much good for the plants, but it gives a cozy light.
In the livingroom I also have lights in the window that are more seasonal than for the good of the plants. They co-work with the plant-light. There are also various candles here.
When I shot the pictures we had snow outside. That is long gone now and there is no snow presently.
Both the plantlights and the decorative Xmas-lights are connected to timers that turn them on and off at the times I set for them. Very convenient.
The light is coming back though as from today onwards. I’m looking forward to some more daylight. This time of the year it is really dark.