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Has anyone tried to grow plants emersed in soil in your room by the window or something like that?

I thought it would be cool to try out and am wondering if anyone has experiences to share...

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It depends on the plant how it i done. Some need very humid conditions, such as crypts I believe where as others do not require much humidity.

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so George you have tried this?? if so, can you advise me on a particular successful approach to this?

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No, I haven't tried it, it's just what I've read. Most of the accounts I've heard involve some soil in an aquarium with a sealed top and about an inch of water above the soil. Put the plants in stick it in a window and watch what happens. Althouhg I do have a spare 5.5 that I might just want to play with.....hmm....

Now look what you've done! :lol:

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I have anubias, laeliopsis and java moss growing in my vivarium- all doing fine.
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sorry to sound stupid...but what exactly is a vivarium... and what is it used for?? reptiles?? do you use tanks for that too?? how bout lighting???

and do you have soil substrates?

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I tossed some Bacopa Moinneri into a plain ol pot out in the balcony this summer. Didnt do anything special, just watered it when I watered the plants that were already there. Grew like a weed. So I tried it again indoors in another plant. Growing quite happily amongst some ferns under grow lights.
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If the plant need to go through transform from submerge to emmerse form. It will be better to let the plant grow out of the aquarium and transformed into the emmerse from before planting it into a pot.
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another question i got....what if you don't get sufficient sunlight.....what is the lighting rule for plants grown in the house emersed?

see my plan is this.... I have a 20 G long and a 10 gallon set next to each other...now that is about 4 ft long together....perfect for a shoplight...i'm going to put the shoplight right over these tanks....and put soil on the bottom...and have the water level be 1 inch above the soil surface.... will 80 watts of daylight bulbs from a shoplight be enuff?

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Thanks hubba- I'm a college computer graphics professor and freelance artist and animator.

I use halides over mine, but plenty of people use normal output florescents. Your tanks are pretty shallow, so it should be fine. You can always use plants that don't need a ton of light for low lighting, just like in aquaria. I have anubias and vesicularia in shady spots that are doing great. Bromeliads and orchids that like light are mounted high up on branches...
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