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Old 02-16-2019, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I have an indoor garden that is a large tote under grow lights. Right now I have some greens growing in it, and they're doing okay but not really thriving. But, I'd like to turn it into an indoor flower garden. I'd prefer flowers that have a scent.

I'm thinking that I might prefer to put some plants in separate pots under the grow lights, so I could move the individual plants into my living room, when they have flowers - so have the ability to have flowers in my living space.

The room with the planters and grow lights is not heated nor cooled. I'm in the SF Bay Area, and my zone is 8b. That room probably never gets cooler than 50 degrees F, and might get as hot as 105 degrees F - at the very worst.

Zone 8b, by the way, is a Mediterranean climate. Our summers are very dry, our winters are basically a rainy season - no snow. So, dry summers, and short, wet winters.

So, can you suggest any flowering plants, preferably with a nice scent, that will do okay in these conditions?

My favorite flower is freesias. I have a large pot of them on my balcony and they are thriving. But, I question whether or not they would do okay inside. I think they like the extreme temps on the balcony, as opposed to growing them indoors - though, I'm not sure.

I've never tried orchids. I'm wondering if they would work? Any thoughts or advice is welcomed. Thanks.

I've given up trying to grow any veggies in this indoor tote. The grow lights I have aren't strong enough for fruiting plants. I have another separate tote dedicated to different varieties of basil, and they are thriving. I tried cilantro, but I think it needs a warmer temp than the winters here.

Anyway, it's flowers or I'm going to ditch this tote altogether and use the space for something else. I have cut some of the freesias growing on my balcony that I have put in a vase inside, and that's lovely. But, I think it would be great to be able to just have flowering plants inside that I can move around, rather than have to cut my few outdoor flowers on my balcony.

Thanks for any thoughts and ideas.
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I have an indoor garden that is a large tote under grow lights. Right now I have some greens growing in it, and they're doing okay but not really thriving. But, I'd like to turn it into an indoor flower garden. I'd prefer flowers that have a scent.

I'm thinking that I might prefer to put some plants in separate pots under the grow lights, so I could move the individual plants into my living room, when they have flowers - so have the ability to have flowers in my living space.

The room with the planters and grow lights is not heated nor cooled. I'm in the SF Bay Area, and my zone is 8b. That room probably never gets cooler than 50 degrees F, and might get as hot as 105 degrees F - at the very worst.

Zone 8b, by the way, is a Mediterranean climate. Our summers are very dry, our winters are basically a rainy season - no snow. So, dry summers, and short, wet winters.

So, can you suggest any flowering plants, preferably with a nice scent, that will do okay in these conditions?

My favorite flower is freesias. I have a large pot of them on my balcony and they are thriving. But, I question whether or not they would do okay inside. I think they like the extreme temps on the balcony, as opposed to growing them indoors - though, I'm not sure.

I've never tried orchids. I'm wondering if they would work? Any thoughts or advice is welcomed. Thanks.

I've given up trying to grow any veggies in this indoor tote. The grow lights I have aren't strong enough for fruiting plants. I have another separate tote dedicated to different varieties of basil, and they are thriving. I tried cilantro, but I think it needs a warmer temp than the winters here.

Anyway, it's flowers or I'm going to ditch this tote altogether and use the space for something else. I have cut some of the freesias growing on my balcony that I have put in a vase inside, and that's lovely. But, I think it would be great to be able to just have flowering plants inside that I can move around, rather than have to cut my few outdoor flowers on my balcony.

Thanks for any thoughts and ideas.
Try a potted jasmine for wonderful scent.
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Old Yesterday, 07:46 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Dendrobium orchids have nice scent and they are supposed to be in doors when blooming. I’m not sure about after the blooming period.
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Old Today, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Try a potted jasmine for wonderful scent.
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Dendrobium orchids have nice scent and they are supposed to be in doors when blooming. Iím not sure about after the blooming period.
Thank you both! I love orchids, and have only tried to grow them a couple of times, but I wasn't committed. I was also not in this climate. I'll research them again.

Good ideas, thanks!
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