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Aug 5, 2020 12:02 PM CST

Hello everyone. Had a question about something.

I work for a college, and we have an agriculture program. They have this big fancy greenhouse and grow lots of stuff in there by a method other than using soil. I don't think it's hydroponics but something similar? I guess I should listen better when they tell me about it. But the truth is I'm kind of turned off by it because they've yet to grow any tomatoes or cucumbers that taste better than mine in my garden!

That being said, their plants appear very healthy and strong.... Huge. They have talked to me about growing my daylily seeds for me to put out in the spring in my garden. As long as they didn't kill them or get them mixed up I think I might be willing to give it a try. They are well equipped and Stanley (the guy who takes care of the greenhouse) is extremely into the greenhouse. I don't even know if he gets paid but he's always there.

My question is, has anyone tried anything like this before and what are the opinions on whether or not this would probably be a huge jump on the growth rate compared to me potting them and putting them in my basement under some grow lights?

Thanks!
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Aug 5, 2020 12:05 PM CST

I think it's aquaponics.
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Aug 5, 2020 7:15 PM CST
Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
Daylilies can be grown hydroponically and if they are looked after optimally they can can bloom relatively quickly. However, growing them optimally under lights in your basement can probably be quite good in comparison, as long as you are able to provide optimum light intensity, etc. The difference is that a greenhouse can provide sunlight (although in the winter that is probably less than optimum for daylilies).
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Aug 6, 2020 9:09 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
"Have no patience for bare ground"
I would definitely give it a shot. I would not subject all of one cross to it yet. It's like having more space in the basement with less work. My opinion of course.
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