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Nievesgirl
03-21-2009, 06:23 PM
Hello I was wondering if anyone can give me info on this. I posted this in 3 hibiscus forums and no one has yet to answer my questions. I even emailed sunlight supply and got no answer.

I use to grow exotic hibiscus when I was in a house, but due to the move I could no keep them. I live in apt now and no direct sunlight hits my apt. On my balcony I do get sunlight in the spring/summer only when sunrises and sunsets.

I wanted to know could 175 watt of MH be enough for 2 plants I have an ice cap ballast laying around I just need the reflector, or should I just buy T5 fixture for them? I am not sure if either will do the trick.

The t5 fixtures I am looking at are sunlight supply New Wave T5 HO Fluorescent Lighting I am thinking about the 4ft 4 lamps. the other fixture I might get is the sun blaze 4ft 8 lamp fixture. I really want an 8 lamp fixture new wave but i am on a budget.

any suggestions are welcome

SouthernIllinoisBonsai
04-03-2009, 08:43 PM
nievesgirl,

I would definatley say t-5 are not a good match for hibiscus, they are a flowering (i hate this word) shrub/small tree, and after about 6 inches from a t-5 your not going to be flowering anything very good. you really need a hid, and unless your growing ********* or tomatoes i wouldnt really get a hps. they will make your plants grow very tall, and the whole point of indoor growing is to have compact plants. more light gets threw the leaves that way and you will have much more even growth rather than all your branches on top.

your ice cap 175 metal halide would work great for 2 plants!! make sure you are using a plain outdoor lighting bulb and not a reef bulb. you should be able to find one at the hardware store, or a home improvment warehouse.

and on the subject of growing hibiscus. I use a very well draining potting soil soil (fox farm happy frog) i water my plants once or twice a day within an hour of the lights coming on.

for feeding: i use dutch master advance a and b grow (ph down), hygrozyme, and reverse osmosis filtered water. i feed with the dutch master once or twice a week and all other days the plants just get R.O. water mixed with 10ml per gallon of hygrozyme.

i also foliar feed: 60ml of dutch master penetrator per liter of R.O. water, along with flouralicious plus, and hygrozyme.

here are a few pictures of my very prised hibiscus clones:

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i hope that helped you!

Ricky,

SouthernIllinoisBonsai
04-03-2009, 08:48 PM
p.s.

i cloned those plants myself in december and thats how big they are now, but i am using co2 and the best nutes i can find. results not typical.. lol

soilbonsai,

Nievesgirl
09-15-2009, 09:40 AM
Well I have my hibiscus finally under t5's for the winter and they are blooming ;)

Good thing I took a chance and got a few new wave fixtures, i am about to buy a 8 bulb 48 " fixture

I use HVH potting mix , HVH special blend fertilizer , HVH booster, supernova and dark energy ( i just started to use dark energy and the booster)

HVH= Hidden valley hibiscus you can see pictures of my blooms on their forum.