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    Indoor growing under grow lights

    Does anymore grow inside under grow lights? I know Rebecca has a light garden in her basement. Anyone else? Any links besides for growing marijauna? That seems to be what I can find. LOL!
    What kind of grow lights do you use? I have a 400 watt and a 1000 watt metal halide (MH) lamps. Plus I have florsencent light fixtures too.
    Thinking of converting a room (extra tall crawl space) under my entrance porch into an indoor grow room. Been reading up and researching, but alot of the info is to do with marijuana (which is illegial here!) and I'm wanting to grow perennials. Do you have any advice? My 'room' would be about a 10 x 14 feet. I bet I could fit alot of flats in this space. Anyone else have any experience growing under 'grow' lights indoors? Would love to hear the pros and cons.
    Sure don't know why I hadn't thought of this before! I could be satisfying my 'itch' to be playing in the dirt!

    I've figured out I can heat it by cutting a hole in the floor of the porch, and also scraped up an exhaust fan. Plus a fan to strengthen them when they get taller.
    Oooh I'm getting excited just thinking about it. Then spring won't seem so far away.
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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    More Info for ya!


    http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/h...ges/3712.shtml

    http://www.hort.vt.edu/Hort6004/netw...nderLights.pdf

    http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortn...geraniums.html

    This one looks very good:

    http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=howT...tNavLawnGarden

    Another good one:

    http://www.flower-gardening-made-easy.com/Seeds.html

    http://www.civicgardencentre.org/mg/growlights.htm

    All of these articles have various amounts of usable information, and though some may be on a specific plant, it still pertains to all perennials in general.


    Metal Halide:

    http://dansgardenshop.com/basinabhigin.html

    http://www.ahlgrows.com/iglight.html

    http://futuregarden.com/lighting/cho...ow_lights.html

    That ought to give you enough to read for now!


    Rebecca
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    Rebecca- I read the first link where they talked about using white surfaces to reflect more light. I remember last year you posted about using shiny survival blankets(found in the Sporting Goods section of Wally World) to do much the same. I thought that was a good idea (must have- since it's still in my brain after a year).
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    The blankets will also reflect heat, so be sure to privide good ventilation or the plants can get too warm and dry out way too fast. I speak from experience on this point! Ouch!

    Rebecca
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    Vicki and All,
    I've used lights for ages until the last year or so,hadn't had time.I'II share what little I know.I've kept it very simple,with not much investment.I bought some old shop lights used for 5.00 or so each,taped Aluminum foil to inside of reflectors for more light.I use reg. ole tubes not the fancy high dollar special tubes.I bought a heavy duty big shelving unit from Lowes.Got some chain so I could adjust the lights up and down.I also got some heating pads to help in germanation,thats about it.
    A few things I learned Don't start too early,unless you have another place to store until the weather is warm.Keep lights on at least 16 hours a day.Keep tubes almost touching plants!Give plenty of air circulation(very important) or you'II get mold ,fungus and all kinds of creeping crud.I used small fans.
    Thinks,
    William B.Z-3

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    Vicki,I've started my seed (mostly herb) in my basement for years. I use an electric blanket for soil warmth, No additional heat in the room which is underground so fairly warm. like William I use flourescent bulbs close to plants. Just be sure to check for drying out. I do try to grow on the dry side after germination to help cut down on damping off and fungi. This year I am installing a new fuacet and hose down there to save trips upstairs for water.
    I thought I would stop doing this when we got a greenhouse but it costs too much to heat it. The next greenhouse will be a small one to heat for tender plants and seed starting. I ended up starting so many seeds I had to rotate them under the lights and under the table(in the dark). But 16 hours of light does work better than 12.
    tennessee sue

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