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PandaBaird12
Jul 23, 2017 2:30 AM CST
Hi I ordered some gesneriads I've never had any before but I wanted some house plants that will bloom most of the year, African violets, gardenias, streptocarpus and evergreen begonias are what I ordered. I know they all require indirect sunlight but the only windowsill I could place them on is west facing, I'm still new to horticulture is there any commonly used method to simulate indirect sunlight other than moving the plant a few feet away from the windowsill? (it's in the kitchen and I have no where else to put them where they would receive any sunlight unfortunately) there are net curtains on the window so if put the curtains in front of the plants instead of behind would that work? thanks for any help

This is the windowsill and the net curtains
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Philipwonel
Jul 23, 2017 7:31 AM CST
It sure would help. My question is, would the curtains disfuse the sun enough?😕? Curtains are pretty sheer. Try it, and see.
If not, some shade cloth, outside of window, would do the trick. Thumbs up
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Jul 23, 2017 7:37 AM CST
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WillC
Jul 23, 2017 9:21 AM CST
I think that west windowsill is fine as is for Gesneriads and the other plants you referenced. Those plants can easily tolerate some direct indoor sun, which is much less intense than outdoor direct sunlight. In addition, the buildings across the way diffuse the light more than you realize. Even sheers block out a great deal of usable sunlight so I would not recommend lowering your curtains. Enjoy your plants, as you made good choices for that windowsill! Thumbs up
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PandaBaird12
Jul 23, 2017 9:27 AM CST
WillC said:I think that west windowsill is fine as is for Gesneriads and the other plants you referenced. Those plants can easily tolerate some direct indoor sun, which is much less intense than outdoor direct sunlight. In addition, the buildings across the way diffuse the light more than you realize. Even sheers block out a great deal of usable sunlight so I would not recommend lowering your curtains. Enjoy your plants, as you made good choices for that windowsill! Thumbs up


Ah Thanks very much! Smiling Smiling i'll try them as is then, I appreciate the input all Thank You!
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plantmanager
Jul 23, 2017 10:40 AM CST
It looks good to me. Another gesneriad you might like is some Episcias. They would like it there, and bloom almost constantly with pretty flowers in colors of pinks, reds, oranges, whites, etc. I buy most online because they are not common at the nurseries.
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PandaBaird12
Jul 23, 2017 11:49 AM CST
plantmanager said:It looks good to me. Another gesneriad you might like is some Episcias. They would like it there, and bloom almost constantly with pretty flowers in colors of pinks, reds, oranges, whites, etc. I buy most online because they are not common at the nurseries.


I was looking for those too actually! Smiling but I could only find African violets online right there were no flame violets in the shop I bought from

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PandaBaird12
Jul 23, 2017 11:53 AM CST
Also that pic was taken at 9:30am, but the sun seemed to be quite strong this evening, il upload another pic tomorrow afternoon when the sun is around there again to see if it's still ok Smiling
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WillC
Jul 23, 2017 4:27 PM CST
As part of my professional work, I have to evaluate light intensity in a variety of locations with a variety of exposures. I understand very well how the sun moves through the day and seasonally and also know to take latitude into account. I can assure you that you don't need to be concerned about too much light on your windowsill.
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PandaBaird12
Jul 24, 2017 2:09 AM CST
WillC said:As part of my professional work, I have to evaluate light intensity in a variety of locations with a variety of exposures. I understand very well how the sun moves through the day and seasonally and also know to take latitude into account. I can assure you that you don't need to be concerned about too much light on your windowsill.


Perfect Thank You!
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PandaBaird12
Jul 28, 2017 3:22 PM CST

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They arrived yesterday here are all my begonias and African violets
Setup on the windowsill Smiling


Also does anyone know how often and how much you are supposed to mist gardenias? I've been giving them roughly 4 sprays each in the morning do they need more than that? Thanks
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tarev
Jul 28, 2017 3:49 PM CST
Hello PandaBaird12, in my growing area indoors I just use curtains too. West facing is really hot in the afternoon here, so aside from the dappled shade of the city trees, I close down my curtains to have a cooler, indirect feel.
I have two sets of curtains. So from 10 am to 3 pm it is just the white printed curtains that I close. There is a darker solid blue one that I additionally close when it is around 4pm to 6pm here, the sun is just so intensely hot at that time here, which is the peak of the heat wave temps during the day, which by that time is ranging from 100F to 105F outdoors. Additionally, there is a ceiling fan which I can run, to help cool down the area some more.

From 6 am to 10 am, all curtains open, area is naturally in shade:
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From 10 am to 4 pm: white printed curtains closed
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Upstairs, in our bathroom, it is more of a large east, south east facing window, but still way too bright and I don't want to be a peekaboo view when we are using the bathroom, so we use the artscape window film that blocks the view and also provide indirect light. Works so well for my Peace Lily:
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PandaBaird12
Jul 29, 2017 3:01 AM CST
tarev said:Hello PandaBaird12, in my growing area indoors I just use curtains too. West facing is really hot in the afternoon here, so aside from the dappled shade of the city trees, I close down my curtains to have a cooler, indirect feel.
I have two sets of curtains. So from 10 am to 3 pm it is just the white printed curtains that I close. There is a darker solid blue one that I additionally close when it is around 4pm to 6pm here, the sun is just so intensely hot at that time here, which is the peak of the heat wave temps during the day, which by that time is ranging from 100F to 105F outdoors. Additionally, there is a ceiling fan which I can run, to help cool down the area some more.

From 6 am to 10 am, all curtains open, area is naturally in shade:
Thumb of 2017-07-28/tarev/6a29e0
From 10 am to 4 pm: white printed curtains closed
Thumb of 2017-07-28/tarev/a89ddb

Upstairs, in our bathroom, it is more of a large east, south east facing window, but still way too bright and I don't want to be a peekaboo view when we are using the bathroom, so we use the artscape window film that blocks the view and also provide indirect light. Works so well for my Peace Lily:
Thumb of 2017-07-28/tarev/5015c8







Thanks for the info Smiling
The plant stand you have in the first pic looks awesome! I want to make one now Drooling
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 29, 2017 6:55 AM CST
Panda - Gardenias don't need to be misted. Misting is often done under the mistaken belief that it keeps the humidity high. It doesn't unless you mist every hour throughout the day. To increase humidity, get a humidifier or use a good sized pebble tray. As long as the soil of your Gardenia is not allowed to dry out, increased humidity is not necessary.
Will Creed
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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