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Old 08-21-2016, 05:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
Going Bananas in Camelot
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Default Re: Grow light recommendations?

My goal isn't for the plants to thrive for the winter, just to survive. I have florescent lights and spot lights with the grow spectrum curly bulbs set up in several spots in my basement. It stays at least 50 degrees down there, if not warmer. I reduce water, enough to keep the soil damp. The plants may put a leaf or two out during this time, but mainly they stay green, ready for when I can put them out in late spring. I will get leaves that turn yellow and brown, so I cut those off as I get them.

I do keep some plants upstairs, some of the bigger ones that are hard to go down steps, and those don't grow too much more than if I had them in the basement. I also have a set of shelves and a series of spot lights in an east window upstairs where I do keep some plants actively growing as much as possible.

I lose very few plants during the winter if any and I've been doing this for 5 plus years now and have over 20 varieties, and over 30 plants just of the banana varieties, so I must be doing something right.
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