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 Post subject: Indoor Growing Experiment
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:15 pm 
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I am a new grower from Virginia and this winter I am going to try to grow inside my house. I planted some havana seeds and I am planning on growing them in my sun room. I know it can get cold in there sometimes and I am not sure how this is going to work. Would they get enough sun light? Anybody tried this?


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 Post subject: Re: Indoor Growing Experiment
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:47 pm 
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i start my seeds indoors under daylight spectrum (4500K-6000K) CFL bulbs. I usually keep them for about a month to month+half before trying to get them outdoors (and some fellas will tell me that's too long).

sprout with the CFL's in a group container until plants have about 2 pairs of leave (and the plant size of about a US nickel). I then move the biggest and best-looking ones into 6oz plastic cups. I keep these under 2-3 CFLs (depending on the shelf I use. see other threads of mine).

Once they start getting bigger than 2months old, they're really need more light. Once I left a handful to keep growing indoors under CFLs and a 23w 5500k fluorescent. the plants were severely stunted. They smelled great and had sticky leaves. The leaves color-cured and smoked well after aging, but yield was ridiculous against the amount of time/money I spent for them. I find that if you're going to grow 1-2 plants, you can get away with maybe 6 CFL bulbs, and some of that reflective mylar (to make a 'mirror room' to bounce/utilize the most light from the bulbs). Anything else, the product really doesn't justify the cost of the lighting/heating.


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 Post subject: Re: Indoor Growing Experiment
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:11 pm 
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Alright thanks thats good to know. Any chance they would grow without the CFL lights sitting in front of the windows? In the room there are two skylights and two of the walls are glass doors. If the plants are stunted would I still be able to collect seeds from them?


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 Post subject: Re: Indoor Growing Experiment
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:39 pm 
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If your glass is mostly south-facing, and you get direct sun for at least half the day (remember the low angle of the sun in winter), then you've got a greenhouse. I would go for it. You may or may not need to move them outside in the spring to get budding. The seed should be fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Indoor Growing Experiment
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:55 am 
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deluxestogie wrote:
If your glass is mostly south-facing, and you get direct sun for at least half the day (remember the low angle of the sun in winter), then you've got a greenhouse. I would go for it. You may or may not need to move them outside in the spring to get budding. The seed should be fine.

Bob



^ what he said


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