Anyways, I bought a HPS lamp and ballast recently from the company *Sonlight* and have some doubts about the lamp, I am using a Sonlight 400w aggro lamp, here is a link:
As you can see in the spectrum chart it does emit radiation in the blue region of the visible light range but will this lamp serve for good growth for my carnivorous plants? The total lumen value is around 60,000 with ballast. They advertise the lamp on their website as suitable for both vegetative growth and flowering.
Also, I would much appreciate any help on the state of my carnivorous plants, I'm afraid they are dying but I'm not sure if it's that or an attempt at dormancy. Here are some pictures:
As you can see the Drosera Scorpioides is entirely brown colored ( I know it isn't a good picture but it's the best the camera I have has to offer =( ). It does have a slight bit of green on top where the traps are produced but it seems to be fading into brown.
My Dionaea Muscipula completely died out, it seemed to have rotten away as the leaves and traps turned black and it looked like small amounts of mold were growing on them, I have since placed it under the new lamp and it is growing back from the soil.
My Drosera Aliciae had sort of the same problem, leaves becoming very thin and more narrow then turning darker and darker and rotting away, I'm not sure I did the right thing but I cut away the black leaves and found vaguely yellow ones underneath.
My Sarrencia seems to be doing the best out of all the others, the traps that are brown on top turned that way when they (and the other plants as well, but not as much) were left with barely any light at all for some time (2 months +\-) but the sarrencia is growing new traps.
My question is are both of my Drosera and possibly the other plants trying to hibernate or are they dying? My VFT is growing back (I don't know what a normal grow rate is but they are growing), but my D. Scorpioides isn't growing at all and has turned very nearly completely brown and my D. Aliciae looks like a persons face when he/she has a bad constipation with it's vague yellow leaves (hard to tell on the picture as it all seems very yellowish hehe
I really want to be able to fix this problem as I really truly love carnivorous plants and would love to one day set-up a terrarium with it's own proper mini climate and more plants (especially nepenthes). It seems carnivorous plants don't just attract insects with their bright colors...but also people.
I would much appreciate help on this matter.
Edited by Thermal X, 30 November 2011 - 22:36 PM.