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Plants in a window well?

Posted by beckerster 6 (michigan) (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 9, 09 at 23:23

Ok, this maybe a really weird question...but can i plant things in a window well?

im sick and tired of living in a sterile basement and looking at this all day:

i need a little green. then i saw a seedling that grew to 8 or 9 inches in the window well, and thought to myself "why i couldnt i do that?"

problem is, the well cover is a frosted piece of acrylic instead of a grating of some sort.

so there is little sun and little water that get in.

can anyone suggest a low water, low sun plant i can plant?
something that wont grow over 20ish inches (the height of the well).

Pweeeeeeease? :)

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RE: Plants in a window well?

I don't think there is a plant that would live in that sort of environment, even if it did it would make the basement dark because it would cut off all light. If you don't like looking at it why not paint the inside of the well or decorate the space with a gazing ball or some other garden art that will give you something to look at but not cut off the light

RE: Plants in a window well?

My sister-in-law is talking about doing something similar, but I think the window well will be about half as high as the ones you're showing. She will need to open her window in order to water the plants, but the clear plastic protector should work as a sort of greenhouse. She's going to try some herbs like that. I'll let you know how it works out!

RE: Plants in a window well?

I attended a high-end garden tour, this weekend, and saw some very creative and artistic gardens. At least two of the homes we toured had plants in their window wells. The plants I saw were hostas, but there were other shade plants used. It was beautifuul and caught everyone's comments and attention. I say go for it!!

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