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Old 10-10-2017, 01:27 PM
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Plants inside for the winter

Here are all my plants nestled inside for the winter. I only have one good window, which is a sliding glass door which faces south, and as you can see, I'm out of space at that window

Those big Catts in 8 inch pots and a couple others you can see kind of behind the racks (they couldn't fit haha) I think are too far from the window to get enough light, so I've been researching growing under artificial light. I have a table in my apartment which I could use for orchids, and I'm leaning toward LEDs. It seems that they've come a long way in the last few years, and some people are having success using them. You guys have any thought?

Just a funny side note, I have found that the most comprehensive and thorough information I can find regarding growing plants under artificial light comes from websites dedicated to growing marijuana indoors But if it works for them, it could work for me too (with orchids, I mean. I'm not about to risk cultivating marijuana, especially considering how harsh the penalties are in Oklahoma lololol)

By the way, this is one of the specific light fixtures I am looking at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01795XMEY...=1Y2HDGFXYDBKQ

Any thoughts on that?
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I've seen these lights advertised over the years, I vaguely remember someone on this site who was experimenting with them(so you might want to do a search). Good ole t5 or t8's (which is what I have) works great and uses such little electricity it's not even noticed. I reliably have grown and bloomed my orchids under them not to mention African violets, random plants and for starting seedlings 6 weeks before spring planting...
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I just brought my orchids inside for the winter. I grow under lights from Oct-May. Living in Maine the sun isn't that great in the winter. I grow a lot of cattleya and other bright light orchids. I use T8's, T5's and 100 watt (6500k,and it has the leaf on the pkg, and is a natural daylight spectrum) lights. The lights are on a good 8hrs or more. Where the window is w/the shelving is a T8 hanging from the ceiling. My laelias are very happy there for the winter. The orchids are so much happier w/the lights and so am I. With the amount of time and money I spend on my orchids the lights are worth the investment Btw, the light post are clamp lights w/100 watt CFL bulbs. Tommy,my husband made me the lamp post. Plastic Christmas tree holder and 2x4's.

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