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Over wintering Tropicals in the Chicago area

Posted by katie_55 5a (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 16, 08 at 7:11

I just got 2 Bougainvillea's, 2 Passion vines and 3 tropical Hibiscus and was wondering if anyone in the Chicago or Zone 5a area has ever over wintered these plants in there basement?
My problem is that I do not have the best window lighting. So I know they would not do the best as house plants for the winter.
I have over wintered trop.hibiscus before but at that time I had west facing bay windows.



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RE: Over wintering Tropicals in the Chicago area

I use a flourescent shoplight to over winter plants in my basement.

RE: Over wintering Tropicals in the Chicago area

  • Posted by timcad zone 5 Chicago (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 15, 08 at 1:19

I rig up florescent fish tank lights to hang as close to my passion vines as possible. In addition, I use a "clamp on" type shop light with a compact florescent light (CFL) bulb screwed into it. I picked up some cheap under the counter fluorescents at w*lm*rt, to mount under shelves, for smaller plants. I also run a fan 24/7 to circulate the air.

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