Indoor Gardenias and hi, im new here
Hi their as my name suggests, i am addicted to desert roses. Just ordered my 1st one off ebay today. But thats not the topic for today.
I want to grow a gardenia indoors year-round. I want to use a combination of mostly artificial lighting, but there is a eastern facing window that has the full influence of direct sunlight and this window will be about about 10 inches from where the plant will be. I am experienced with saltwater aquariums so i do have a bit of experience when dealing with lighting, i will be using standard fluorescent this time, but my question is, keeping in mind i want flowers, how many watts?
so far i was thinking either a 24 inch fixture around 60 watts t5ho, or preferably a desktop 27 watt standard fluorescent if i can cuz i already have that.
Some background on this location and my experience
I keep my indoor bougainvallea in this room, very close to the proposed gardenia spot. I've been babying it since i got it, hoping it will flower for me, Its been growing like a weed, no artificial lighting for this baby. I have had it since last October. No flowers yet. I water it daily, not that i want to, but if i forget to water it for 48 hours the leaves start dropping and also after 36 hours the leaves are pointing straight down. thank goodness i very rarely forget to water. I have setup a daily routine of misting my succulent cuttings experiment from the garden 6x/day they seem to have rooted now, thus im onto my gardenia experiment. I also have 2 different varieties of orchids here, both have flowered and produced baby orchids for me, 1 is a very difficult strain of orchid, you cant buy this kind at Home Depot, but i have had much success. This room is very humid. I have 8 fish tanks in this room, which is a very small room, which give off enough humidity that i don't actually water my orchids. Haven't watered them in 3 years, trust me there fine. they just kind of do there own thing. I have 6 pothos plants which im growing hydroponically, just hanging right off the back of the tanks, they help manage the water quality in my aquariums by eating the fish poop as fertilizer, the big plus, i dont water em :). and an aeonium decorum that just kind of sits their, had it for years, doesnt do much, then again its in a dark corner with no light.
Now if your thinking i am this successful and flawless think again. I have killed many a plant, including a gardenia once, about 8 months ago in the fall. got the nastiest spider mite problem i have ever seen in my entire life. It ended up infecting over 20 of my plants, killed nearly half, including a 80$ jade bonsai :(. I have also killed a money tree from neglect which eventually led to root rot, a geranium which caught the mites from the original gardenia. I also killed my old mother pothos, from who'me all my current pothos's originated from via cuttings. She was nearly 20 feet long when she passed from what started off as a 2 week vacation, which then led to my cat knocking it over and ripping it to shreds. Not to worry, all plants have now been cat-proofed. That's my story.