My Secret Ingredient to Colorful Pygmies

I get a lot of “Your pygmies are so colorful!” Well that’s because I grow them in natural sun! I did a test to see how my D. roseana would look grown from gemmae to adult size under 4 T5-HO bulbs, at about 4 inches away from the lights with 16 hours of light on per day.

Artificial Light V. Natural Sun!

Here’s how they looked under artificial lights.

Very light pink color
Very light pink color
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The pink is really a tinge rather than a true pink
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They also stayed in a very balled up shape rather than the classic flattened look.

Then, I moved them to full sun where they were getting at least 6 hours of direct sun per day.

That light pink is deepening.
That light pink is deepening.
And they're starting to flatten out!
And they’re starting to flatten out!
Look at that RED!
Look at that RED!

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Picture of them in mid-day sun, you can see how deep of a red they've turned
Picture of them in mid-day sun, you can see how deep of a red they’ve turned
Caught a gnat :)
Caught a gnat :)
Top view of these cuties!
Top view of these cuties!

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Picture taken on a cloudier day, gives them a different purplish red tinge
Picture taken on a cloudier day, gives them a different purplish red tinge

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My favorite shot!
My favorite shot!

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No artificial light will ever beat the power of the light the sun gives us. Now you know my secret ingredient to beautifully colored pygmies 🙂

If you’re interested in these beautiful pygmies, you can buy gemmae from my store! Don’t know how to grow from gemmae? Check out my grow guide here, they’re super easy, fast, and great for beginners!


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