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Sorce

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Re: What kind of lighting system should I get for indoor growing
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2014, 08:53 PM »
After thirty years, they will make a great drainage additive to soilmix 2044!    ;)

Don't make me go sign up to a frog forum, take a pic of one in a tree!   :P

MJ
 

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Re: What kind of lighting system should I get for indoor growing
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2014, 09:41 AM »
I also am by no means an expert and am really just using my lights for some early pine starts right now as well as giving my ficus a light boost every now and then.

Since my zone is so darn cold, I may end up doing more tropicals in the future as that way I have something to do for the other 9 months of the year when my outside trees are sleeping :D

Definitely interested in what other people do for light set-ups in colder climates like mine.
 

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Re: What kind of lighting system should I get for indoor growing
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2014, 02:17 PM »
Hi guys,

I used 2 grow tents this winter for overwintering my tropicals. Each had a 90w LED for 'veg/clone'.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004E662F8/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Both tents did great, most of the plants were between 12-18in from the grow lights. My collection is a bit scatterbrained  right now but here are some notes:

Premna - some cuttings taken midsummer grew from 3in to 12in over winter under grow lights, was able to propagate successfully mid winter. Parent plants happy, one sacrifice branch reached 2ft.

Brazilian raintree - Only one tree dropped leaves (suspect a watering issue) otherwise grew strong (had to prune regularly to keep within the tent ; was able to successfully complete an airlayer started late summer.

Schefflera - cuttings taken midsummer flourished. Was able to get some aerial roots to start on a banyan style with the help of a girdle of sphagnum.

Portulacaria afra - couple of cuttings rooted in December and have one that's putting on a lot of growth.

Grewia Caffra -  parent and cuttings doing great. Had a couple of cuttings that have put on 8in of growth under the lights over winter.

Overall I'm REALLY impressed with the effectiveness of the LEDs. Was hoping to keep the plants happy and have been surprised that some put on so much growth!
 

Joshua Hanzman

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Re: What kind of lighting system should I get for indoor growing
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2014, 08:09 PM »
Jlushious, I totally would as well if I lived up by you! In fact, out of everyone you would benefit the most probably!

for Sorce and everyone else, here are pics of my shelf, my tank and my frogs!

Exitsanity, that's crazy! Lol, I have double the wattage so we shall see how good the growth!

I always thought a tank would looke cool as an element in a bonsai display, has that ever been done?
 

Joshua Hanzman

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Re: What kind of lighting system should I get for indoor growing
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2014, 08:13 PM »
a few more pics

... the third and fourth are one of the baby tear-like plant on my logwood. The reason I like them can be seen in the fourth picture, and it is bc they don't really block drainage because they dont cast roots out that fast, you could see as I lift it there are no roots under the majority of them.
 

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Re: What kind of lighting system should I get for indoor growing
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2014, 05:21 AM »
Nice!  I have a pack of 13 Clown Loaches. Been thinking about building an acrylic tank to set below my tropicals (indoor koi pond). And incorporate it into an automatic watering system.

Love the frogs. I've wanted some forever. Nice blue legs and yellow!

 

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Re: What kind of lighting system should I get for indoor growing
« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2014, 10:36 PM »
the light came today, it is extremely strong light, I say strong because it isn't exactly bright, but it hurts like hell to look at it. I will be building a sort of curtain that surrounds th enclosure that can be opened easily to show it. It is awesome though, all the leaves in one single day changed to a nicer shade of green, and the baby tears grew! In one single day, they grew! I can tell because they all oriented themselves right towards the light, funny little buggers! I'll be keeping record and showing you guys how much growth, if any, I get from them!