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Old 05-27-2006, 11:20 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Alix
Piccolina, please don't use ice cubes. Some folks might have success with them, but many plants need to stay warmer than that and wouldn't grow well for you. (Although in TO in the summer those ice cubes won't last long!)
I did wonder when I first read the idea if it might have an ill affect on certain types of plants (especially delicate ones - but I'm not a gardening expert at all!), thanks Alix. I do not have any plants at all yet, but I will take both of your guys tips and thoughts to heart should I get any. Thank-you


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Old 05-28-2006, 03:52 AM   #12
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Piccolina - what you are looking for is something called grow lights - which supply artificial sunlight. Not only is there a matter of the UV spectrum they produce but there is also the matter of the intensity of light produced. This Indoor Plant Grow Light Guide covers the basics - but you probably want to check out several of the sites listed in the first (Google) link.

I honestly do not see where ice cubes would be any more effective or efficient than a much simpler "microdrip" watering system. You can actually make one of those out of an old enema bag, some plastic tubing and connectors from an aquarium shop, and a safety-pin.

How do you feel about growing your own mushrooms, instead?

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Old 05-28-2006, 08:13 AM   #13
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Doesn't have to be expensive. Get shop style fluorescent light fixtures and suspend them over the plants. Keep the lights low--almost touching the plants-in order to keep them from being spindly.

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