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Re: no greenhouse question
  • Subject: Re: no greenhouse question
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 18:15:55 -0500

I do have a shoplight above them, could use some new bulbs.
What, maybe 16 hours a day?  Distance?

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@netsurfusa.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 7:03 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] no greenhouse question

Since your are always playing nurseryperson, why not purchase an
inexpensive shop light and replace the bulbs with something like grow
lights. Not all that much money involved and easy to change your
circumstances with the plants. Will be there when you need it next and for
They may still get somewhat leggy, but they can be safely cut back
and restarted when you have more light available. Although, depending upon
what is naturally available in late winter...early spring...is seldom enough
for good stocky plants.

Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens,LLC
Garden Writer - Photographer -  Lecturer

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2010 1:40 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] no greenhouse question

Don't ask me why I did this, I had a reason.

I ordered thirty  #1grade Sherbet Cocktail Phlox which arrived the other
day. I thought perhaps they'd hold a few weeks in my cool garage, guessing 45-50 degrees but, no, when I checked yesterday they were poppin'. So this
morning I potted them up in quarts (they were smaller than the #1s I've
gotten from other suppliers), gave them a gentle watering in and set them on

the counter in the garage in front of the only window, which faces south.

It's 26 degrees out, will be 14 tonight. This is too cold for them to go in

my Florida room.  It's one of those old aluminum frame jobs with storm
windows. Drafty, cold as the outdoors except when the sun shines. In March

I hope to put some risers on the cement floor and move the pots out there.

But for now, is there anything wrong about keeping them in the garage? Will

they get scraggly without a lot of sun?  How soon, at what day/night temps
would it be safe to put them outside? If they do ok I hope to bump them up
to trade gallons at the end of March.

Any suggestions?

neIN, Zone 5

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