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Here's a discussion thread for folks who want to talk about things in addition to houseplants.  Thanks!Continue

Started by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9. Last reply by Vicky Myers Apr 20.

Growing indoor plants under grow lights 4 Replies

I have posted  a couple of photos of plants that I am growing where there is no natural light. I use an ultra violet fluro tube light, you can get them from a pet store that stock tropical fish,…Continue

Started by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia. Last reply by Vicky Myers Jan 9.


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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia 20 hours ago

Indoor plants seem to need more than outdoors, Marianne, but I would still use a weak mix often.

Comment by Marianne Konka yesterday

Thank you Keryn, you obviously are fertilizing just right!  Mine are indoors, but it has been a relatively cool summer.  I will try just a little fertilizer.  At least the plants look healthy and still alive!

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia yesterday

I don,t fertilize very much, under trees mostly because the trees take from the plants under them. I use a week naturally manure liquid that I make in a 40 Lt container. Put a bit of manure in the bottom of container and fill with water and let rest, stir a few times. Water it down too a weak tea, before putting on plants. You can certainly kill plants with too strong a fertilizer.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on Monday

Thanks Marianne, not sure about your climate. Mine does not get below 30 f , it would need to be under cover if you get colder than that. They do need sunshine to flower for part of the day, not full sun.

Comment by Marianne Konka on Monday

Your orchid is incredibly gorgeous Keryn!  Mine look good but have not bloomed.  Maybe some fertilizer today!

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on Monday

This is its spot outside, stays there all year under a weeping cherry. Very shaded in summer and it gets the winter sun. They start to flower in my winter and will be dormant during summer.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on Monday

This is the Cymbidium Orchid I was tring to get to bloom in July.

Comment by Vicky Myers on September 8, 2014 at 9:18am

I'm not putting any house plants outside too much dust and bugs around here. Hoping to get the porch glassed in some day right now it has corrugated fiberglass blocking the sun. This place doesn't have very many places to put plants. Then in front of the windows they put heat/cool vents. Then when I get the South side all open to the sun my view will be that ugly trailer grandpa put there in the 70s.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on September 8, 2014 at 2:19am

Looks like you are getting settled again Vicky, you might have to shift them around until find the best spot. Have you got a veranda, I think your schlumbergera would do better with more light and fresh air. They like it warm , bring back inside for winter.

Comment by Vicky Myers on September 7, 2014 at 11:19pm

Wilma's mom's plant really looks sad since the move and it is sitting back there in the dark.


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