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Re: Any experienced Metal Halide Users

  • Subject: Re: Any experienced Metal Halide Users
  • From: halinar@open.org
  • Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 08:47:09 -0700


>Anyone have any experience with Metal Halide lights for growing 

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 

Joe Halinar

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