Moving Rainforest plants indoors and under lights.

tdot4October 14, 2013

Hi,

I'm new to growing but somehow have managed to grow, from seed, some rainforest plants (from the Central Region in Ghana). They grew, quite happily, outside with no special treatment, under the Toronto sun this summer.

Its now moving into the season of stupid cold and I'm gonna have to move them in. What, other than lights would I need? A heat pad? A terrarium? A small fan for air flow? I'll have to keep them in the cold basement due to lack of space.

My babies love lots of sun, can tolerate a cool humidity and can go for a long time with no water.

Thanks for any and all advice!

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TrpnBils(6B)

What type of plants are they? Some of the oddball ones that I have to bring in when the weather cools off seem to go through a dormant phase and then REALLY take off again when I put them back out in the spring. I don't know if that's something natural or if I'm forcing it by the simple fact that I'm bringing it into my sunroom (it's cold out there but doesn't freeze and doesn't get much light after 11am).

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 7:46PM
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DDavis74

In addition to lights for plants that will be in a warm spot (so they don't go dormant) you might want to consider air moisture and circulation. Most homes are dry in the winter. If you run a fan set on low 4-6 hours daily and place a few shallow bowls of water around, the likelihood of developing aphid or mealy bug infestations will be reduced.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 12:10PM
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