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Grow Stick + Bendy Arm - MINI
There are some things you can totally get away with pinching pennies on when it comes to plant supplies, but I wouldn't normally be one to recommend doing that with lights.
So I won't.
The Grow Stick MINI is what you'd expect for the price. It will do the job when your babies need a boost - but when you can't justify spending hundreds to give them a 'proper' grow light (Soltech are my absolute favourites, budget allowing - those are the ones you see most PlantTubers using - serious light goals).
But back to these cheapies. The price won't break your budget and they do the job to boost low light areas, or to pop over a tank or heat pad for propagating babies. The LED's themselves are rated for 10,000+ hours, so no worries there, but it's the components that are just basic. Nothing high-end or fancy-pants here, hence the low price. No fancy packaging either. Yes, your Mum was right, you do get what you pay for.
I used mine for supplemental light to look after variegated jungle members who need brighter light. They are definitely bright, but not put-on-your-sunglasses bright. Best used to extend light hours in winter, for mornings and afternoons, to boost low light areas, for variegated plants needing a boost without risking direct sunlight, and to speed up growth on baby plants. I'm currently using one over a collection of babies on a heat pad, and another one is being shared by a Manjula baby, String of Turtles and a Syngonium Albo.
What size is the MINI?
Grow Sticks come in two sizes. This is the MINI, which is the shorter of the two. The Mini measures 13cms long and the arm is 28cms long. Compared to the Midi where the light measures 21cms (the arm for the Mini and Midi is the same). The Midi works best when the bendy arm and plug are vertical. The Mini gives you more flexibility for both vertical and horizontal plug and arm positions (see below).
What's in the box?
Grow Sticks come with the LED light stick and the bendable arm, as shown in the photos (plants in the photos are not included). They need a charging brick (I use my old iPhone charger), which is not supplied. The Mini (that's this model) is 3 watts, and the Midi is 5 watts. Either way, energy consumption is minimal.
What colour light do they produce?
These are the type of light that glow neon pink, because it's a combination of red and blue LED's designed to support photosynthesis for bigger yet compact growth, helping reduce leggy stems while supporting foliage growth. The red LED's are 640nm wavelength and the blue are 460nm.
Although plants primarily need the red and blue wavelengths in the spectrum to grow, the white full-spectrum lights are becoming more popular these days for aesthetics (not everyone likes the neon pink glow). As far as the plant is concerned, it's the red and blue they really want, so whether white or pink, yours plant will love the extra light.
How to you set it up?
Easy peasy. 1. Peel the protective clear plastic off the light before first use. 2. The Grow Stick plugs into the arm, and the arm plugs into a phone adapter (not included). 3. Plug the phone adapter into the wall or power board. 4. Adjust the arm to the position you want, turn on and you're done!
The fittings are all standard USB (USB A). Position the light at least 10cms or higher above your plants (higher is better for very light-sensitive plants like highly variegated). Switch on and grow!
They do get warm to the touch after running for a while, but not as much as a lightbulb or more powerful grow lights do. Turn off at the wall and let the light cool down for a couple of minutes before touching.
Can you change the light settings?
No, it just is what it is. You just 'plug and go' so can't change the brightness, colour output, or timer.
Buying as a gift? Please note these come as they are, with no fancy 'retail packaging' or box or anything special (beyond being wrapped safely for getting to you without breaking of course).
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