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Growing Amaryllis indoors?

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by Warhawk on January 02, 2005 12:50 AM
Hello everyone! I'm new and have a few questions about having an amaryllis as a house plant.

I live in a dorm and the lighting coming through my window isn't exactly the best. So i was wondering if there was any type of inexpensive grow lighting I could use? Or what type of lighting would an amaryllis need?
by Nako on January 02, 2005 08:50 AM
hi there!
I grew mine under the light of a terarrium, which really isn't much light at all >.o They don't need much to grow from what i could tell with my red one. I superfertalized it accidently too, so it kinda grew a foot and a half in under 2 weeks and had 6 flowers on it >.< But ya, it will probably grow in even light as powerful as your light on ur ceiling, the window's natural light from outside, or even a desklamp [Smile]

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by Warhawk on January 02, 2005 09:13 AM
Great! So they don't need any special type of lighting? They will grow under a regular incandescent lamp bulb if needed?
by Nako on January 02, 2005 09:16 AM
Woah there o.O big word! what's incandescent? *thinks* mmmmmmmmmm as long as there's a light source that you can make shadow puppets with, it'll be fine [Smile]

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by TomR on January 02, 2005 03:36 PM
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Originally posted by Warhawk:
Great! So they don't need any special type of lighting? They will grow under a regular incandescent lamp bulb if needed?
No, get a cheap 4 foot flourescent shop light from Lowes or Home Depot. Regular flourescents are all you need. Keep the light 2-4 inches above the plant.

Incandescents don't have the right kind of light and are too hot.

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by Nako on January 02, 2005 10:59 PM
I'm pretty sure any kinda light will work. I'm currently doing an experiment where i put one in a window, one in my terarrium *3 18" flourescent lights*, one under the table *bearly any light*, and one next to the computer screen. They're all grownig about the same, except for the one in the window, which is just exploding with growth.

A general rule for me is "if you can make a shadow, its a good light for plants"

~Phoebe

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