I have a 40-gal­lon aquar­ium and quite a few suc­cu­lents that I would like to over­win­ter out­side. Is it pos­si­ble to use the aquar­ium as an out­door ter­rar­ium?

Birds & Blooms - - Ask The Experts - Teresa Butts DAYTON, OHIO

Melinda: I am im­pressed with your creative think­ing! Un­for­tu­nately, the small vol­ume of the aquar­ium could not be ad­e­quately heated and ven­ti­lated to con­trol tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity. The plants would ei­ther freeze or rot in the con­fines of an aquar­ium turned mini win­ter green­house. A dif­fer­ent way to keep your suc­cu­lents grow­ing, al­beit in­doors, is grow lights. There are many new in­door light­ing set­ups that are at­trac­tive enough to be part of your liv­ing space while pro­vid­ing your suc­cu­lents the light they need.

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