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alberta, ab
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Question by keltivate
January 20, 2007
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 from NGA
January 20, 2007
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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