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    Indoor garden

    After playing around with adding real plants to my snake set up. I decided it would be cool to add an indoor garden instead. My snakes take up a wall in my living room. And now in the corner of my dining room I added this. Top shelf are Brazil philodendrons, the two in the middle are a ponytail palm and a money tree. The bottom are dumb cane. I had them spread thru out the whole house and thought this would really look cool instead. I grew them all from 4Ē pots. The grow lights are LED full spectrum. All the species are from the Central America region. And are all super easy to care for (kinda like ball pythons). And have similar enough light and soil requirements. As I have mentioned, I unfortunately have some serious health problems. And the balls and plants are easy enough to care for that itís not putting burden on me. Keeps my spirits up so I can continue to feel ďproductiveĒ. And my wife can take care of if Iím not doing well on any particular day. Thanks for looking. I also included a updated snake set up picture.


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    Such a pretty garden bet it is very soothing to just go water , and pick off the dead leafs
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    Re: Indoor garden

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    Such a pretty garden bet it is very soothing to just go water , and pick off the dead leafs
    After an extremely bad industrial accident , I developed a rare nerve disease. Even a foundation that specializes in my condition, recommends keeping plants as good therapy. I imagine my pet rock collection (my snakes) hopefully helps a bit too. Lol


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    Nice plants! Have you considered trying linear / tube type LED fixtures so that you get more light coverage? I've seen some really good setups where they hang the LED fixtures on the underside of each wire shelf so that they light the plants below evenly.

    If you end up enjoying the plants a lot, you might consider getting into planted terrariums. This is a good forum to go to to look at some nice setups. They specialize in dart frogs, but I have some planted terrariums with geckos also and have heard of people using these setups for amazon tree boas, etc. The downside to planted terrariums is that they aren't cheap to start and it can be hard to find plants that are easy to maintain. If you can get the terrariums used, that helps, and it is not impossible to start one without spending a lot of $$, but the lighting tends to be expensive.
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    Indoor garden

    My indoor garden is at my office. Iíve got both windowsills in my office, plus a satellite cubicle (not shown), and a shortened shelving unit from Ikea with an LED aquarium light.





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    Re: Indoor garden

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    My indoor garden is at my office. Iíve got both windowsills in my office, plus a satellite cubicle (not shown), and a shortened shelving unit from Ikea with an LED aquarium light.






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    I love it, thanks for sharing. The pebbles make it look so cool. I might have to pick some up, they really add something.
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    Re: Indoor garden

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    I love it, thanks for sharing. The pebbles make it look so cool. I might have to pick some up, they really add something.
    I started using it to prevent eroded craters from watering, the appearance is a nice bonus. And the books say that top-dressing also helps keep moisture in. I use aquarium gravel, and the pots with larger drainage holes get bigger chunks in the bottom to keep the soil from falling out. I finally used up most of the stuff from a retired 10-gallon tank, and had to buy a couple new bags (I donít try to save every little bit when re-potting). The small bucket of extra gravel makes a good doorstop.


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    i love plants!!! i would love to have a planted terrarium for my gecko! the start-up just seems so daunting.

    thanks for sharing; that set-up looks lovely! i agree with looking into LED grow lights. there's some string LEDs for plants on amazon that aren't too expensive.
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    Re: Indoor garden

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    i love plants!!! i would love to have a planted terrarium for my gecko! the start-up just seems so daunting.

    thanks for sharing; that set-up looks lovely! i agree with looking into LED grow lights. there's some string LEDs for plants on amazon that aren't too expensive.
    Hi Tayor, and thank you very much, I mentioned in my original post that I was using Full Spectrum LED bulbs. The light fixtures I picked up on a killer sale (Zoo Med 3 for 25$) I grabbed for use on the plants when I was going to keep them on top the snake set up. But the bulbs are definitely Led full spectrum. If I get a chance Iíll post a picture of the brand of lights I am using. The whole project came out of left field, I have always kept plants indoors and out. Had some extra stuff, and went for it. Thanks again.
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