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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Aug 24, 2015 9:18 AM CST
The veggie plants that are putting on lots of flowers now may set fruit, but if they are small, or immature plants they may be flowering because of stress. The 'too small' container leads to stress on the plants which can make them put on flowers earlier in their lives than normal. They might make fruit, but it will most likely be small, at best.

On the windowsill question, the cold from the window will surely help to keep the coleus plants small, but as long as it's not "too" cold they will survive. This is what you really want, just to keep the cuttings alive but small through the winter then as soon as the weather warms up so the nights are near 10deg. C or so, you can then pot them up and put them outside for growing. My coleus out in the garden survive nights in the 40's F (about 5deg.C) just fine, but they do not grow until it is warm again. I always bring in a few cuttings when cold weather threatens us, as insurance.

If you pot them in soil for the winter, you will have many, many plants to take care of and if you keep them warm, give good light and coddle them, you will have many large plants by springtime.

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Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
Aug 26, 2015 1:59 AM CST
greene said:I agree that the windowsill is not always a good place for plants. The plants may received some sun during the day but they are also exposed to the cold temperatures coming through the un-insulated glass and if there are air leaks around the window the wind is like an ice cold blow torch.

If you can locate the plants on a table near the window and place a mirror to face the window, the mirror will direct some of the sunlight toward the plants.

Since the window sill is a cold place in your home, do you have fluorescent lights in your house? If so, you can put the plants (or the jar of water with cuttings) on a high place such as the top of a shelf or top of the refrigerator so the plants can be closer to the light. For example, in my house I have full-spectrum fluorescent lights on the kitchen ceiling, so during the winter I put my plants on top of the refrigerator, on shelves and on the floor. Each day I rotate the location of the plants so each will get some good light to keep them alive. During the winter months the kitchen is the warmest place in my house; it also has less cold drafts of air as it is far away from the front door.

great ideas thank you
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
Aug 26, 2015 2:00 AM CST
drdawg said:It is pretty easy and not too expensive to simply purchase heavy-duty, wire mesh shelving. There are several reputable companies that make it. I have lots of it lining the walls of my garage and some of it is 8' tall, 5' wide, and has three shelves spaced approximately 18" apart. You can then mount/hang 4' fluorescent fixtures wherever you want to. The T5HO fixtures produce all the light you'll ever need and you can use 6500K and/or 4000K tubes to grow anything.

i will see what i can is still new for me

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