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Old 10-26-2017, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Should My banana trees go inside? What type of growlight will I need ?

My two banana plants (blue java and manzano) have been outside in pots for 2 months now and the temperature has been pretty chilly the past week ( some days it's been 40 degrees in the afternoon and some it's been 50) and my weather app says it'll get down to 33 degrees one of these nights . Luckily it's only been 60 to 70 degrees for the past 2 days in my part of west Tennessee. It's also been really windy too; so windy it Snapped the biggest leaf on my blue java , like 15-17mph windy .

Also what growlight should I get to accommodate my 1 and 3 foot banana plants ? I don't want them to be dormant for 3-4 months , I want them to still continuously grow at a steady rate over winter. I don't know much about growlights, how to adequately use them or how much it'll cost

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Old 10-26-2017, 06:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My two banana plants (blue java and manzano) have been outside in pots for 2 months now and the temperature has been pretty chilly the past week ( some days it's been 40 degrees in the afternoon and some it's been 50) and my weather app says it'll get down to 33 degrees one of these nights . Luckily it's only been 60 to 70 degrees for the past 2 days in my part of west Tennessee. It's also been really windy too; so windy it Snapped the biggest leaf on my blue java , like 15-17mph windy .

Also what growlight should I get to accommodate my 1 and 3 foot banana plants ? I don't want them to be dormant for 3-4 months , I want them to still continuously grow at a steady rate over winter. I don't know much about growlights, how to adequately use them or how much it'll cost
Your best source of information is on the numerous marijuana forums.
cannabis/growlight/indoors

Bananas and cannabis need the same conditions to thrive in your home.

These web pages are incredibly informative.

As you drill down in some of the web pages you will know these folks are serious.......JUst like you.


Also do a forum search Growlights/bananas/overwinter........this is a good place to start also.
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Depends. How much do you want to spend?

I use a 1000w metal halide bulb ($90?)in a tent ($500) with other pieces of hardware to help all my growing. You can spend $1000 on lights alone if you want (SPYDRx Plus) but it's really up to how much you want to commit to growing things indoors. Is your goal JUST to keep the bananas going over winter?
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Depends. How much do you want to spend?

I use a 1000w metal halide bulb ($90?)in a tent ($500) with other pieces of hardware to help all my growing. You can spend $1000 on lights alone if you want (SPYDRx Plus) but it's really up to how much you want to commit to growing things indoors. Is your goal JUST to keep the bananas going over winter?
I originally intended to only spend $20 or less for some type of light fixture but I don't have to since I've decided to just use an old 5ft lamp post that I already had in my house . Yes that's my goal but it might not be a big deal since I figured I might have days where I can get winter sun
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Not sure where you live but winter sun in a climate too far north could just make your plants leggy, which would cause them to fail (break in half) in the spring or summer when some good winds hit. If you want to do some tube florescents make sure they're at 6000 for a color temp, otherwise it's like a winter sun (teases the plant)
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Not sure where you live but winter sun in a climate too far north could just make your plants leggy, which would cause them to fail (break in half) in the spring or summer when some good winds hit. If you want to do some tube florescents make sure they're at 6000 for a color temp, otherwise it's like a winter sun (teases the plant)
I live in west Tennessee. You might be right. I don't exactly know if that would really help my plants.
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I'm sure it wpuld help them and they'd be happier with that 6k color temp bulb
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I'm sure it wpuld help them and they'd be happier with that 6k color temp bulb
That's what I need? I've just been using a standard 150 watt soft white incandescent bulb that I use all throughout my house
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That's what I need? I've just been using a standard 150 watt soft white incandescent bulb that I use all throughout my house
That's enough to tease them, any bulb in a house really is, but if you want them to not get leggy and grow healthy then I'd flip out the 150w for something better. I'm guessing if you looked on the side of the box it came in, which I'm also assuming you don't have anymore, that you'd see a number around 3000-3500k as the color temp. It might actually say that on the side of the bulb too. 150w is usually the equivalent of a super cloudy day, so imagine growing some plant that wants something more under that for a few months.

Not sure what's close to you but here's a Home Depot link
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Honestly I am using a window and flourescent ceiling lights (3k lumen) and it hardly takes any electricity at all and is so bright.. the leaves on my 2 foot tall basjoo literally quadroupled in size in 1.5 months.. 1 inch wide start and now it's about 5!

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this was about 3 days after I separated it and got it potted by the window.. roughly 1.5-2 months ago

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This was it today.. pseudostem is still 1 foot but it randomly made an enormous leaf instead of the gradual increase in size i have noticed.. guess it likes it [IMG]

Also check out all the mini basjoo leftovers i stuck in there lol [IMG]


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Holy crap that's a lot of basjoos

I'm sure with the natural light it will be happy.

Yay plants!
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here's an update... leaves are consistently getting larger.. just window light and the ceiling lights should be fine



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Glad to see it thriving
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