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Indirect Lighting Is Best for Plant Cuttings

By Aguane
September 11, 2011

When finding a window to place your plant cuttings, make sure direct sunlight doesn't beam through the glass and magnify onto something flammable. House fires can be caused with this unusual scenario.

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Dutchlady1
Sep 10, 2011 6:18 PM CST
Never thought of that....
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Bubbles
Sep 10, 2011 6:28 PM CST
Oh no, now you've giving me something else to worry about!
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Aguane
Sep 10, 2011 6:29 PM CST
I gave Trish a little background on why I submitted this safety tip:

I actually know someone who this happened to. A friend was asked to watch her neighbor's home while they were away on vacation. About 1 week. She entered the house, changed the lighting, drapes, blinds, open and closed to show "change". She opened the drapes in a child's room. There was a glass of water on the sill that she may or may not have noticed. The morning sun shone in the next day, reflected through the glass and water. The beam of reflected light landed on the bedspread. It was like using a magnifying glass to start a fire... and it worked. The house burned. Freak situation but if one is aware of this scenario they will prevent it from happening.
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Sep 10, 2011 6:52 PM CST
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 10, 2011 7:11 PM CST
I can see that. Susie it was great of you to point it out!
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Aguane
Sep 10, 2011 7:16 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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Bubbles
Sep 10, 2011 7:46 PM CST
Ow, ow, ow! You know I won't be able to sleep tonite? I have window sills of spontaneous combustibles. Whistling
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KyWoods
Sep 10, 2011 9:29 PM CST
OMG, how horrible! I don't put mine in direct sun because of algae growth, but I will sure pass this on. Thanks!
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valleylynn
Sep 10, 2011 10:42 PM CST
Wow, I did not know this could happen. Fortunately all my plants in the windows are in pots, not jars of water.
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Aguane
Sep 10, 2011 10:48 PM CST
This incident would probably be a freak event... as it was when it happened to my friend. But, it can happen given the "perfect storm".

Kinda makes you wonder what other accidents can present themselves.

Just be aware.
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ge1836
Sep 11, 2011 3:39 AM CST
I was left with a scorched spot on the windowsill.It looked like a cigarette burn. How must the plant feel?
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vic
Sep 11, 2011 3:58 AM CST
GREAT tip! Thank you!
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Samigal
Sep 11, 2011 4:52 AM CST
Glad you pointed that out to all of us. No plants on window sills here and there won't be any in the future. Thanks for sharing that tip. Hurray!
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 11, 2011 5:07 AM CST
Susie, how in the world did the firemarshal manage to deduce that's how the fire started. Wouldn't he have needed to know there was a galls of water on the windowsill? I mean, I guess I'm amazed he managed to figure it out.
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Onewish1
Sep 11, 2011 5:51 AM CST
would never think of something like this happening.. even if I had a good sunny window .. but I don't
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dahlianut
Sep 11, 2011 6:11 AM CST
WOWSER I would never have thought of this happing either. Good thing I don't have any sunny windows. GREAT safety tip Aguane Thumbs up
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Aguane
Sep 11, 2011 10:09 AM CST
The house is in Palo Alto CA. It's a small bungalow style. It didn't burn down totally. Just that bedroom wing mostly. Fire forensics are pretty sharp. My friend the house sitter talked with the investigators, too. It is certain that's how the fire started.
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 11, 2011 10:57 AM CST
Oh I didn't doubt that's how it started Susie. I'm just amazed that they had the smarts to figure it out. And since we're on the subject --- I always make sure not to leave a pair of reading glasses anywhere that the sun might concievably come through a window & shine through the glasses & start a fire.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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Aguane
Sep 11, 2011 11:18 AM CST
Good point about the eyeglasses!
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StephGTx
Sep 11, 2011 2:04 PM CST
Speaking if the eyeglasses, one of the guys that I work with always left his glasses in his car. The same thing happened, he went to get in his car and had a spot burning on the seat from the sun shining through his eyeglasses. I'm glad you said this tip, cause I never thought of that in the windowsill.
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