Creating an Indoor Greenhouse

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Creating an indoor greenhouse is not all that difficult,  if that is you have room in your
home or in your basement.

Before we start,  you need to determine which area of the house you would like to have
your greenhouse.  An area where there is a south or east facing window, and perhaps slightly
cooler in temperature.  The ideal temperature is 60 to 65 degrees,  and if you can, basement
is the ideal place because most plants are in a dormant or non-growing state and basements
are cool in temperature but not freezing.  Winter season's sun is at half strength, artificial lighting
is a must for maintaining healthy plants.


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List of supplies that you will need to start your own indoor greenhouse

  1. Grow Lights- I use the T5 Sun Blaster florescent tubes in a fixture that holds 2,  4 foot in length with reflectors and a hanging kit.  Or you can purchase a table top stand that has the grow lights on them if you want to use a large table verses a shelving unit.
  2. Shelving unit,  best kind is a wire mesh type for anchoring grow lights between shelves.  I use a closet self standing unit with wheels at the bottom.
  3. Humidity Trays with gridded tops,  comes in different sizes.
  4. a few small clip-on fans or if you have ceiling fans no need for other fans.
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Grow Light System

Grow lights should be hanging from the ceiling with a hanging kit that you can purchase with the lights.
Lights should be about 6" above plants,  determine the length of the shelving unit or if you use a table to hold your plants the lights should be above all plants,   you may need to have more than one grow light tube.  In my small sun room I have about 9 of them,  because I use a shelving unit with plants on the top shelve to the bottom so I anchor the lights between each shelve.  Grow lights should be replaced before every winter time when plants are coming indoors from the outside.  Most plants during the summer and part of fall season should be brought outdoors to keep plants healthy.  When you first bring plants outside keep them in shade for about a week,  I have to say most plants cannot take the direct or full sun so always place plants according to the care tag for each plant is different, but really should be placed in morning sun and afternoon shade.  During the winter season grow lights should be kept on for at least 14 hours to 16 hours per day,  they don't take much power average cost for me to use about 9 lights is $15.00 to $20.00 a month.



Other option is this type with a stand-Hydro Farm Jump Starter.
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If you have only one or two plants that you like to maintain indoors,  you can also use
the Ott-Light with natural day light bulbs:




This task lamp will work for small or short plants, make sure the bulb is natural day light.
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This is another type of Ott-light clip on for Orchids or any plants
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Air Circulation


Air circulation is a very important aspect of growing plants indoors,  plants do not like stale air.
If you don't have a ceiling fan get about 2 small clip on fans and point them to the ceiling to circulate the air.  Ceiling fans should be on low and on the winter setting.

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Humidity

Some plants requires humidity such as most tropicals, Orchids and Violets.
Humidity trays works the best because humidifiers can produce condensation on the windows and cause leaks 

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Humidity Trays with grids

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Reflective Mylar roll-place mylar underneath plants for maximum light
reflection and if close to walls place mylar on the walls that surrounds
the plants.


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Here is one of my shelving units,  I have lights hanging above and on each shelf where the plants are.

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And my other shelves,  they are located in an enclosed back porch where it's not heated but insulated,
and the main window faces east,  and the other side faces south.

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The other side of the room I have lights that hangs above and you can see desk lamps on the tables to supplement the lower levels of the room.
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Wooden Shelving unit,  I bought this for $20.00 it's made out of pine and assembled it myself.