Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: San Antonio, TX
LED Lighting for Miniature Water Lily
Does anyone have experience growing water lilies indoors using LED lighting, or have any suggestions for LED fixtures? I plan on starting a new project in October to grow water lilies indoors before the plants go dormant for the winter.
Here is a bit of pre-project info.
In the backyard we have various water lilies growing in half barrels and a large kiddie pool that was converted into a pond by sinking it into the ground. I would like to take a few miniature or small growing varieties indoors. Not the whole mature plants, just some offshoots or smaller starts that I have in propagation.
However because none of my windows receive adequate sunlight to sustain a water lily indoors I would like to setup an LED spotlight or similar LED lighting system.
I have experience with marine aquaria using both MH (metal halide) and T5HO fixtures to grow coral, but would like to try LED lighting for this project. T5HO could be used but are long and will hinder the view of the surface leaves while MH will generate too much heat. Hopefully the directional light produced by LEDs will be intense enough to grow and induce flowers.
The following are the smallest diameter plants (spread) that I currently have. Normally the hardy variety are left unprotected during the winter but the tropicals are moved into a greenhouse to over winter them.
Name - type, color, size
Nymphaea x ‘Dauben’ - tropical, blue, small
Nymphaea x Perry's Baby Red - hardy, red, small
Nymphaea x ‘Helvola’ - yellow, hardy, miniature
This project will include the following:
Lighting - LED
Plants - small to miniature water lily
Aquarium - either 5 gal square 12x12x8 or 13x9 cylinder
Various filters, pumps, aquarium stuff, etc that I have laying around
The LED lights are the first step in documenting this project, so once they are selected and purchased the project will be officially underway and documented accordingly. The lighting options may be purchased as a pre-built fixture or possibly a DIY retrofit kit from a LED supplier.