Greenhouses forum: Indoor mini greenhouse

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Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
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V33JG
Mar 26, 2016 7:16 PM CST
Hi there!

I just got a mini indoor greenhouse and I'm SO EXCITED!! I'll post some pics of it and where I plan to keep it once its all set up. Any suggestions on what plants to keep in it...? My plan is to keep it near a huge south facing window so it will be getting good light.

Also, I'm trying to root a few plants in water. Do you recommend I keep them in the greenhouse? Given that I keep them out of direct sun light.. I'm thinking bottom shelf. . ?

Thoughts && suggestions are greatly appreciated! <3

-vee
Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
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V33JG
Mar 28, 2016 11:06 AM CST
Here is a photo of the mini greenhouse. It is against a large south facing window.


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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 28, 2016 11:28 AM CST
That is a nice mini greenhouse..but personally, I don't use that for any of my tropicals indoors. No need for it. I would probably use that if I have some plants on my patio that needs protection from too much drying wind, or cold temps.
Name: vee
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V33JG
Mar 28, 2016 12:03 PM CST
I hear you. Thanks Tarev. I have a maranta in there right now that wasn't getting proper humidity. I have kids so I'm thinking of putting succulents and cactus in it. Any thoughts on that?
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Mar 28, 2016 12:16 PM CST
In my opinion, you are defeating the purpose for growing cacti/succulents, since you are trying to raise the humidity with the mini-greenhouse.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 28, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Hmm..putting them on a higher stand away from the kids reach will be your option. Most succulents just need warmth, bright light and good air circulation. Cacti once acclimated again outdoors can take direct sun and heat nicely, since that is their active growing time. Putting them inside that mini greenhouse will just trap too much moisture for them. It is different if it were the tropical succulents like epiphyllum or schlumbergera, those ones love better humidity levels.

I don't grow maranta, but often, like when I grow croton I find spritzing the leaves often early in the day helps them endure our very low humidity levels.
Name: vee
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V33JG
Mar 28, 2016 2:25 PM CST
Gotcha! Thank you Tarev and Ken
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Mar 28, 2016 2:46 PM CST
I have several of those mini greenhouses. I started some seeds in mine this year in a south facing window. A word of warning. They are NOT stable outside!! No matter how I tried to stabilize mine a windy day ALWAYS blew them around!!

You can always take the plastic cover off and just use it as shelving inside.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 28, 2016 3:40 PM CST
Yes, that would certainly be good if starting trays of seeds. But once it is growing well, got to remove those covers off. Definitely would need extra support outside, to hold it down or maybe by the wall to keep the balance.
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Mar 28, 2016 4:00 PM CST
I had mine tied down AND bricks on the bottom. It still took flight
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 28, 2016 4:28 PM CST
Wow, that is indeed windy area on your side Jennifer!
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Koucf998
Apr 4, 2016 11:25 PM CST
i like mini green house
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 15, 2016 12:36 PM CST
A lot of people who have mini-greenhouses in the house around here are growing miniature orchids. The plastic enclosure in the house helps raise humidity but takes advantage of house air conditioning.

Wish I had a spot to put one.

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pardalinum
Apr 15, 2016 1:01 PM CST
I had problems with my mini greenhouse blowing over too. Walking around my neighborhood I came across someone with a unique way to solve this problem. They placed their greenhouse right up against an arborvitae hedge and strapped it all the way around the trees.

Now my little greenhouse is reduced to the bottom two shelves and no covering. I use the shelves for my potted succulents (outside). It is a little wobbly but then again it is about 15 years old now.
Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
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V33JG
Apr 19, 2016 8:44 PM CST
Thanks for the plant tip, Daisy. I ended up moving mine outside. Like you, there's just not enough room in my home.

I'm glad you've been able to put your mini greenhouse to use, Connie. I still don't know what I'm going to do with mine but I'm glad to have it handy. Like you, I might end up using it for outdoor shelving.

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