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Re: Any experienced Metal Halide Users

  • Subject: Re: Any experienced Metal Halide Users
  • From: michael shelton <wilddog_202@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 09:35:08 -0700 (PDT)

Andrew: don't know if anyone covered this point which
i think joe alludes to here. Hybridizing is a game of
numbers and you are limiting the numbers indoors. The
more seedlings the greater the chance of finding the
good one. I will say this, i did enjoy having the
plants in my computer room all winter. The moisture
made the room more comfortable when the furnace dried
out the air.

--- halinar@open.org wrote:

> Andrew:
> >Anyone have any experience with Metal Halide lights
> for growing 
> >seedlings?
> You've gotten some good advice on using a lighting
> system for your 
> hostas, but I have another question - why all the
> effort?  May years 
> ago I tried growing lilies and daylilies indoors
> during the winter in 
> the hope of speeding up their flowering.  Basically,
> it didn't make 
> much difference.
> The way I see it, the lights are going to cost you
> anywhere from $500 
> to $1000 to run for a year and chances are most of
> the seedlings you 
> will be growing will end up being turned into
> compost anyway.  That 
> makes from some very expensive compost.  From a
> practical point of 
> view you can only grow a limited number of hostas
> under lights.  You 
> can grow thousands of times more seed outdoors and
> with decent 
> fertilizering and weed control you should be able to
> do a decent 
> selection after the first year.  Growing the
> seedlings outdoors may be 
> slower for what you want to do, but you compensate
> by growing a lot 
> more seed and after you get the cycle growing there
> won't be any 
> difference between growing them outdoors and trying
> to force them 
> indoors.  
> Joe Halinar
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