Southwest Gardening forum: Tropicals in the Winter...

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Name: ~~Brittany~~
Phoenix, Az (Zone 9b)
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FrangipaniAz
Nov 14, 2010 12:13 AM CST
So, now that the cool weather is upon us and our nights are getting chilly, what is everyone doing with their tropicals?? Both in the ground and in pots?? This may help out some of our members that are new to tropicals. Unfortunately, I am low on my stock of tropicals, but my potted plumerias are moving into the garage for the winter. Since I have the baby toddling around I can't bring them inside... so post your comments, advice, and pictures Smiling
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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Nov 14, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Thanks for starting this, Brittany.
My one little in-the-ground plumie, about 3 feet tall, has lots of leaves still. This will be it's second year in the ground. It's kind of sheltered by the garage wall to it's west and a cement walkway on the east with rocks... so, I'm thinking the ground stays somewhat warm..
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Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Nov 14, 2010 1:27 PM CST
I have 2 small Brugs I grew from cuttings this spring. They are in pots and will be moved into the garage when it gets too cold. If they survive the winter in the garage I will have to find a spot to put them in the ground in the spring.
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Name: Rodica P
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rodicap
Nov 15, 2010 1:02 PM CST
Brittany,

As you know, I am 'the pot lady' and lots of tender plants are in pots. I do not bring anything indoors.
I either bring them on the patio or I place them under my big trees. If I hear that it will be freezing or below, I bring my
garage sale sheets and I inclose the patio with them to keep the plants there warm and throw some sheets on the plants left in the garden. It might not look pretty , but that is how I avoid killing them and the expense of replacing some tender tropicals.Thumb of 2010-11-15/rodicap/7ae886
Name: Susie
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Aguane
Nov 15, 2010 2:12 PM CST
Nice rig, Rodica!
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Name: Darla
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azgal
Nov 15, 2010 3:23 PM CST
I was thinking about getting the outdoor bamboo roll-up shades for protecting my patio container plants but I like your method better, Rodica. :)

This is my first winter with all of my container plants, I have 8 citrus trees (young) quite a few adeniums (Desert roses), and two "baseball" plants Jatropha Berlandieri). My seedlings will be brought inside to be under grow lights for the winter but I am hoping to let my bigger plants stay on the patio if they don't become distressed.
Name: ~~Brittany~~
Phoenix, Az (Zone 9b)
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FrangipaniAz
Nov 19, 2010 5:32 PM CST
Love the set up Rodica... wish I was able to do that... my dogs would go out their little doggy door and then look at my like I was crazy... LOL... poor little things would have nowhere to do their business :)
Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
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Steve812
Nov 20, 2010 10:25 AM CST
My brugmansia survived last winter in the garage. It got nipped by frost at the end of October, but I moved it into the garage again and it is leafing out now. I'm hopeful that it will last through another winter.

I have Mandevilla Alice duPont in a pot that I just brought into my office. She also got nipped a bit by frost and the new growth has died. But I think maybe she'll get by. And I have a yellow-flowered vine - gelsemium if I remember correctly - that is two years old and as many inches high also in my office.

I need to get something to kill fungus gnats. Any suggestions?
Name: Barb ~~~~~~~
Phoenix Arizona
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Runs_With_Scissors
Dec 1, 2010 1:08 PM CST
Best thing to do for fungus gnats is spread a thin layer of sand on the surface of the soil. The sand dries really quickly. The gnats are attracted to wet/moist soil. Without it they just disappear Thumbs up

tucsonplumeriaz
Dec 2, 2010 6:12 PM CST
all the plumies are in the house leafless.
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my tropical bird just bloomed today. woo hoo!
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Name: Rodica P
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rodicap
Dec 3, 2010 3:35 PM CST
Detrick,

Did you cut the leaves ? If you did, why ? Aren't they suppose to lose them anyway ?
I keep mine outside and they drop most of them. I water them once in a while and they are doing great. The only complain I have is that the do not bloom. :O(
Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Dec 3, 2010 9:06 PM CST
Mine never bloomed!!! I gave them all away!!!

























Name: Susie
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Aguane
Dec 3, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Mine is under my AZ Sweet orange tree.... doesn't get enough sun to bloom regularly... but, it has bloomed twice in 4 years. Foliage is very healthy, however.
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tucsonplumeriaz
Dec 13, 2010 9:45 AM CST
i cut the leaves off so that i could bring them inside. i did not want all those leaves falling off in the house. also, i did not want to deal with spider mites. that is the only reason i cut them off. i most likely would have left them on if they stayed outside this winter. i just didn't want to worry about moving them inside if we got a cold snap. plus, i am hoping for lots of blooms next year.

there are a million and one reasons why they don't bloom for ppl. most of the time the plant needs something that it is not being given. sometimes, it seems that age can overcome those restrictions. i love this plant and fortunately have lots of time to wait. Whistling
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Dec 13, 2010 9:09 PM CST
My 3 yr old Plumie (Pink Perfection from Barb, via Detrick) is now (again) at the stick stage. About 3 ft tall. In the ground, as I mentioned. This will be interesting. I think we'll have a mild winter. Maybe that will be a nice boost for foliage and bloom.

Plus, it's in ground, clay like dirt where a climbing rose and two barrel cactus had lived. We'll see... like Dete says, maybe it's young and maybe it's hungry for something... I don't know what. PBNJ?
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
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tucsonplumeriaz
Dec 13, 2010 9:57 PM CST
mine have been hungry for something since i started growing them in 2001. LOL i think next year will by their year to shine. i hope so. otherwise, i am bringing them all to alan's house. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Dec 13, 2010 10:02 PM CST
To Alan's House!!! Too funny ... BUT, A great idea... look at house lush his garden is .... all good, all success!!!!
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
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Name: ~~Brittany~~
Phoenix, Az (Zone 9b)
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FrangipaniAz
Dec 16, 2010 11:46 AM CST
Oh D... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

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