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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-25-2016, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Growing dhg in a jar

I want to grow some dhg in a small mason jar with dirt as a substrate. I want to use natural sunlight and leave it outside but its going to be 90 degrees outside for a couple weeks. Would dhg grow in a dirted jar with that temperature outside?

I can also move the jar so it only gets morning sun for about 3-5 hours when its cooler, and then shade during the hot afternoon. Any suggestions on what I should do?
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I put a single clump of dhg in a mason jar with dirt just like you're talking about which got maybe 3 to 4 hours of sunlight per day and within about six weeks it took over the entire mason jar. The heat would be my only concern. The only thing I would say is if you plan it directly in soil it's a major pain in the ass to separate later on I would suggest a sand topping
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Okay thanks, did you leave the jar open? or did you put wrapping over it?
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I sealed it with the lid and then opened it maybe every couple of days. If I do this again in the window sill I will probably use a 2 liter bottle that you cut the middle out of to make it shorter and slide the top back over the bottom and then you leave the cap upside down on top of the bottle so there is a permanent vent without releasing too much humidity. This also makes it much easier to remove the plant later on. Mason jar openings can be narrow
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Plants need air too. Open and close the lid once in a while. You can always put the jar by a window so it doesn't get too hot.


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Hey I put a stick and some sand and rocks in a vase too today. I have some tough hairgrassy looking stuff I pulled from next to a dam, some of it was growing submerged. I put it into a bucket of water outside still with the dam mud on the roots and it was still alive today. Might try to put some in. Good idea. I'm experimenting with attaching moss and round pelia pieces to the parts of the wood that is kept moist by wicking and evopration using just capillary attraction, to encourage natural growth patterns. I intend to increase water levels gradually and adding new moss to the waterline. Also stuck a tiny piece of java fern on a rough granite rock. I'll take a pick in the AM.

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Sounds good, I have a amazon sword in a betta bowl with dirt and gravel and the water is kind of merky, ive left it outside to grow and just experimenting
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