Good perennial for indoors fall-spring and later outdoors?

melissa2006(5)August 14, 2012

We live in the Denver area and have a 4' dual T8 tube light over a shelf in the living room, which I use for sprouting seeds in peat pots in the spring.

But the light is kind of minimal for growing anything on a long term basis. I don't know if it's the spectrum of the tubes in there, or whether T8 tubes just don't put out that much light. ( I've since found some better lights that I may get, which are 10,000K tubes. )

But I was wondering if there was some kind of perennial that I could sprout from seed, or get from a nursery, that would green up the room from fall to spring ( flowering not necessary indoors ), and then I could plant outside permanently? Maybe I could do a row of them under that light. But the would have to be something that could survive from September to around late May, without a whole lot of light.

Anything green and perhaps pretty, for this?


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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

There probably aren't many perennials capable of tolerating your winters (after planting out) that will do well over-wintering indoors, because that's usually their resting (dormant) time, which most of the hardy perennials will need to do well in the subsequent growth cycle. Is there a fall-back plan on the wish list we can help with?


    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 3:16PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Hi Melissa - I missed the word 'permanently' in your original post. I thought you were asking for things which could summer outside every year and winter indoors every year.

In view of the 'permanent' stipulation Al's answer covers it.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 6:13AM
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