BonsaiMatthew
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my indoor setup and hello!

EDIT: updated pics below!

Hello! I'm new to the forum and to bonsai.

I live in the north east USA and as such am in the middle of winter so my plants are inside.

Please have a look at my indoor setup, I'd love some suggestions and advice!

[url]https://www.flickr.com/photos/43117380@N05/6663527151/in/photostream/lightbox/[/url]
Last edited by BonsaiMatthew on Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:34 am, edited 2 times in total.

BonsaiMatthew
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I should have mentioned that I'm using a 4' fluorescent light with two t-8 bulbls..

Also I'm not quite sure how to embed images into my posts yet : P

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are the trees on the right side boxwoods or ficus?

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Intriguedbybonsai
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BonsaiMatthew wrote:Also I'm not quite sure how to embed images into my posts yet : P
See here;
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3724

By the way, that's a great setup you have there! Maybe it's just me, but it seems like the light is too close to the trees.

BonsaiMatthew
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Intriguedbybonsai wrote:
BonsaiMatthew wrote: By the way, that's a great setup you have there! Maybe it's just me, but it seems like the light is too close to the trees.
Thank you!

It seems like the reccomendation is about 5" above trees for fluorescent lighting. I was just thinking the closer the better -- perhaps foolishly.
luigonz wrote:are the trees on the right side boxwoods or ficus?
Actually they are neither -- they were sold to me at a (yikes) grocery store. I couldn't pass them up for 5 bucks. They were labeled as, I believe, "false cypress." If anyone can help me with the scientific name on these it would be appreciated.

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so i couldn't help but tinker with my setup... I added an ionizing misting unit to a bowl of water to increase humidity. Additionally i mended two garment bags together with some tape and draped it over the whole setup. Relative humidity has raised from low 30's to mid/high 40% range! I suspect my Fukien Teas will be pleased with this.

Again, I welcome any and all suggestions and comments. I'm a noob :shock:


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[url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/73992342@N04/6670771589/]DSCI0121[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/people/73992342@N04/]freefall365[/url], on Flickr

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[url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/73992342@N04/6670771831/]DSCI0123[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/people/73992342@N04/]freefall365[/url], on Flickr

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Update: I left the plastic on my setup overnight. It's not even close to air tight and the fountain was left off for the night. my relative humidity reading was at 75%! Way higher than I expected.

From my reading it seems that fukien teas will appreciate high humidity. anyone know an ideal humidity range for my plants?

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