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« on: February 04, 2007 09:33:25 PM »

My apartment's amazingly dark and gets really no sun but I love plants so much and it gets so cold and snowy here I need some sort of green life to get me through the winter.........any advice for setting up a seed sprouting/plant growing contraption that uses artifical light? I know you need to use florescent light but I was looking at some information and getting confused, also I can't afford anything expensive, I'm a broke student Smiley so cheapest way out is best.

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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007 07:22:30 AM »

There are lots of plants that grow well in low light conditions look for monstera, cast iron plant, ficus trees, pilea, ask at the nursery.  You could supplement their light by using an inexpensive brite stick (small portable fluorescent light) with a full spectrum bulb or a grow light bulb. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2007 03:26:02 PM »

thanks so much!

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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2007 04:44:12 PM »

i also feel as if there are some plants that actually germinate in the dark (specific names elude me).  maybe you can start some in a closet and then once it warms up, you can transfer to the outdoors?

you may also want to visit your local nursery. there are lots of plans that thrive without needing too much light.  i'm sure they could direct you to plants that would survive the dark!

also, next spring would be a great time to plant/find plants that are already around that you can over-winter next year.. rosemary is a great example.  you can keep it outside until it gets realllly cold, then move it in to enjoy in the winter.

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