I often use typical houseplants in mixed containers outdoors. Most do quite well outdoors due to my shady conditions and the plant requirements. Well, this year, I really stepped up the mix and would like to overwinter many.
My problem is I have little to no indoor natural light in the winter. Last year there were few enough to use the under the counter lights in the kitchen. This year, I'd have no counter left. I don't have a place to set up a "grow light" nursery indoors. I know I'll have to edit, for example large ivy will likely overwinter outdoors. But, I have "Fluffy Ruffles" ferns, I'd love to bring in, though it might not like the lower winter humidity.
Also, I have three huge and beautiful Rex begonias. The three small ones I brought in last year did not survive the indoor winter, though their companion peace lily or button fern did. Does anyone have a tip on these? One "Rex" is actually setting blooms as we speak. I'll take out the ghost ferns, the black mondo grass, the heuchera and some small hosta, like "Stilleto" and plant them in the garden soon, or not, as these seem to fare well outdoors in containers, and return every year. The indoor light issue is my dilemma. (I also un-plant the indoor selections, rinse the leaves and roots well for insects and replant in clean containers and soil to remove pests.) Should I just give up, or is there a solution where I have about one south facing window, with no space as yet, but the four under the counter fluoresent lights and edit that much?
I'm at a loss, but fear serious editing will be the only way I have to go. No other window exposure is viable. I have no west facing windows. Only one east facing, and one north facing, that I can get to, but they are not in spots I'd remember to care for on a regular basis. Most are plants you'd find in a "European Garden" from the florist. I'm thinking that perennials will take a greater role next year, but I do like the interest these plants provide. Maybe, I should write them off as annuals, however, I do especially like some.
I have no outbuilding or garage space to mention, plus no windows in there. Any creative ideas, folks? I need your most creative suggestions to make this work and it won't be long before I must act. Thank you in advance for your ideas and suggestions. All are appreciated! Thank you in advance!