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Question: hello, we are in the design stage of a new home. we will have a south exposure sun room with a glass loft roof with about a 25 foot height. there will be a swim spa, so plenty of humidity. We love the blue jacaranda tree and wonder if it would be possible to grow some inside this space ? We will have very large planting areas beside the spa. Your thoughts ? if doable, where to purchase some of these ? (calipre size if possible). regards, helly. p.s. remember we are going to be living in alberta canada. many thanks.

Answer: The room you describe sounds delightful and should be warm and bright all year around. That's good for people and for tropical and sub-tropical plants, but not for most landscape plants, which rely on the changing seasons to grow and flower. Jacaranda won't grow indoors; it need direct sunlight to perform. Why not investigate some tropical plants? Citrus trees will blossom and set fruit indoors; hibiscus can be trained into a tree form; lots of foliage plants such as ficus will be happy indoors. For bursts of color you can plant annuals, changing them with the season. Choose shade-tolerant annuals such as impatiens and pansies for best results.

Hope this information helps guide you in the right direction. Best wishes with your indoor garden!

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