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    Sarr seedlings in terrarium?

    I'm considering getting some mixed varieties but am curious as to whether they could overwinter in a terrarium environment. I was initially reading the ICPS page which mentioned that seedlings can be grown under lights without dormancy with the intent of moving them outside and into their regular cycle after 2-3 years.

    They're about 1-3" tall and in their first year of growth which I assume means the seeds were sown earlier this year. I'm not aware of specific growth rates for Sarrs so I will have to double check with the seller however because I also assume that if they already went through dormancy last winter that it would be unwise to skip it then this year, no?

    I would be all for growing outside but I think the weather here has already turned too cool for them to be outside.
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    If you were planning on growing from seed a terrarium would work for quite some time but I would just be aware of air circulation, lighting (with possibility of overheating) as well as stagnant water.
    However since you mentioned that they're already 1-3" tall I would advise against skipping dormancy if this were to be their second one unless you plan to just do a fridge or outdoors dormancy. The growing season really only has a month and a half at best left so by the time your seedlings adjust they would ready to go dormant. I'd recommend waiting until the seller has them into dormancy and then purchasing them, just to simplify things on your end.

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    I've taken seedlings that went through one dormancy and put them under forced growth conditions (24 hour lighting, heat pad) with no problem. They are at flowering size now (3.5 years old) and should flower next year.

    I wouldn't bother with a tank unless that's all you have to support the lights. Species like S. flava, S. leucophylla or S. alata can grow very tall in a short period of time and you can't adjust the height of the tank.

    See Bugweed's forced growth method:
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    Nice, good to know NaN. Thanks for taking the plunge on behalf of those of us that aren't so bold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    taking the plunge on behalf of those of us that aren't so bold.
    Indeed more testicular fortitude than I

    Any other notes as to how they took to the change or just 'it can be done'?

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    Thanks for the link Nan!

    I was planning on transitioning some of my plants to outdoor growing, hopefully, next year. Would they be able to do that? If that is the case then would they be fine in the terrarium for a few months? If not I can be creative with lighting so they get more head space.

    Also, do they need the 24/7 lighting or does that just increase grow rate? I'd have the lights on 14 hours/day.
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    Good news (I think)...the seller said they were only sown last spring and have been grown under lights.
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    The 24/7 lighting and soil heating will stimulate growth. Heating may be a more contributing factor then the lighting. If I had the space I would experiment a little. Add mild fertilization or regular feeding and the plants will really grow quickly.
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