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Old 11-28-2021, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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The woman who owns a coffee shop in my area said you can do the same thing with a ginger root. Haven't tried it yet because I have too many plants as it is, kinda. In the summer they are outside in a protected area. Inside this winter, they are kinda crammed near windows or in rooms that get enough light.
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Old 11-28-2021, 01:11 PM
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Location: Dessert
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I've grown both turmeric and ginger from grocery store roots.
The After Dinner Gardening Book by Richard W. Langer is about growing plants from groceries. It inspired me to grow papaya, avocado, and mango trees. They were quite fussy because I lived near San Francisco.
Years later, I moved to Hawaii, where you just toss avocado pits into the yard to get trees, and papayas grew from the compost bin.
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Old 11-28-2021, 01:29 PM
 
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Three genera of orchids, African violets, Thanksgiving cactus, Calathea, Philodrendron, and about a dozen kinds of succulents. I live in the Pacific Northwest and don't have enough windows with enough light to grow more succulents, but the ones I do have all bloom regularly, so they seem to like it ok here.

When I lived in California years ago, I had about 200 orchids and a few Stapelias, but just couldn't see moving that many plants when I headed north.
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Old 11-28-2021, 04:26 PM
 
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I have different varieties of dracaena, pothos, rubber tree, ficus benjamin, schefflera, philodendron, a few succulents. My pride & joy is a large aloe vera. I'm also managing to keep an avocado tree going, that I grew from a pit & brought with us from SoCal. I did have a orchid that slowly died after spouse thought coffee grounds were a good idea.

On the porch I have a variety of potted seedlings...Douglas fir, shore pine, cedar, apple, pear, cherry.

Growing houseplants is challenging for me in the PNW, especially in the winter, when the light is so low & it's usually overcast & gray. I've tried a few varieties that I had in SoCal, like dieffenbachia, but they aren't happy here.

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Old 11-28-2021, 04:55 PM
 
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https://www.bhg.com/gardening/housep...t-grow-lights/

One thing I have turned to are plant light bulbs and LED Plant Grow Lights.


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Growing houseplants is challenging for me in the PNW, especially in the winter, when the light is so low & it's usually overcast & gray. I've tried a few varieties that I had in SoCal, like dieffenbachia, but they aren't happy here.
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Old 11-28-2021, 06:19 PM
 
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One thing I have turned to are plant light bulbs and LED Plant Grow Lights.
Yes, I've used fluorescent grow lights in the past...just bought a LED to get my avocado through the winter. The only problem is that it lights the room in bright purple!
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Old 11-29-2021, 03:38 AM
 
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I use the full spectrum bulbs:

SANSI Grow Light Bulb with COC Technology, PPF 65.6 umol/s LED Full Spectrum, 36W Grow Lamp (400 Watt Equivalent) with Optical Lens for High PPFD, Energy Saving Plant Lights for Seeding and Growing

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BRKG7X1


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Yes, I've used fluorescent grow lights in the past...just bought a LED to get my avocado through the winter. The only problem is that it lights the room in bright purple!
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Old 11-29-2021, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Yes, I've used fluorescent grow lights in the past...just bought a LED to get my avocado through the winter. The only problem is that it lights the room in bright purple!
The color spectrum means a lot when growing plants.


6000k and higher is similar to summer daytime light (bright white). It's best for plants already in growth stage.


3000k (more softer yellow than white) promotes higher rates of photosynthesis which in return affects plant flowering and budding and essentially makes the yield of your plants bigger.


I personally like between 2500k-4500k for seedlings. They seem to like that best in my experience.


Also, the LED's produce no heat so its much different than flourescents.
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Old 11-29-2021, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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I have some full spectrum plant lights and many bright white daytime LED lights. Between 1000 and 1500 lumens and the plants are very happy. I strategically place corded pendant lights (all timed with smart plugs) around the house as I don't get much light in here as I'm in the woods and the back of a mountain is in my backyard. I just finished stringing up 3 new pendants last week.
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Old 12-03-2021, 02:50 PM
 
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Love the full spectrum plant lights.

Highly Recommend!

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I have some full spectrum plant lights and many bright white daytime LED lights. Between 1000 and 1500 lumens and the plants are very happy. I strategically place corded pendant lights (all timed with smart plugs) around the house as I don't get much light in here as I'm in the woods and the back of a mountain is in my backyard. I just finished stringing up 3 new pendants last week.
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