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cape cod MA. (Zone 7a)
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TheGerminator
Jan 18, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Greetings. I'm wondering what are appropriate mulches for indoor plants. I've got an indoor veg garden under t5 bulbs and plants are doing great. Also if I bring in plants from outside at the end of the season should I remove organic mulches and replace or can I just cover them over?
Kale, lettuce, herbs, strawberries, peas, lemongrass, etc
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RickCorey
Jan 18, 2017 7:34 PM CST
Welcome to NGA!

I only know what I do for seedlings indoors, to cover the surface. I use pine bark shreds, screened to be as large as fit easily into each small cell.

I don't know what the tradeoffs would, be for greens etc. under lights.

I'm guessing the other options will be coarse grit, very fine gravel and very coarse Perlite. Just guessing!

>> Also if I bring in plants from outside at the end of the season should I remove organic mulches and replace or can I just cover them over?

I don't have greenhouse experience, but wouldn't you be bringing in a TON of insects, insect eggs, etc.?

(After a week or two in this forum, maybe move the thread to the Greenhouse forum, to expose it to a different group of regulars. There is a "Suggest Changes" button at the end of the thread.)
cape cod MA. (Zone 7a)
Vegetable Grower
TheGerminator
Jan 20, 2017 12:47 PM CST
As for insects I did fairly well bringing garden plants in last fall. Have recently had an aphid problem but it's actually been good practice using neem to bring it under control. Definately tougher than starting them indoors but I'm still harvesting kale from 3 plants. Mostly bringing in perinial herbs to keep them available year around.

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