Houseplants forum: put it outside or keep it in?

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Jun 7, 2015 6:49 AM CST
Was thinking about putting ths is a semi shady area outside, thought it would enjoy it for the season, or
should I just let it stay in the house because it is doing so well as it always does in here? What is
your opinion? I always see these outside at the zoo, and when my sister visited me from Ca. last
week she said she never knew you could keep these in the house.


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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 7, 2015 6:54 AM CST
In my opinion, there is not a single tropical plant that would not do better outside in the spring and summer months, as long as proper shade and adequate water is supplied. Just be aware that sun from 10:00 AM till perhaps 4:00 PM will sunburn those leaves. You'll also need to keep up with watering (more frequently). Just the heat of the day will dry your plant out more quickly than when it is growing in controlled conditions.
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Plantomaniac08
Jun 7, 2015 11:23 AM CST
I think I'm of the school, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

I do believe certain houseplants (if not all) do better outdoors, but I'd be concerned about the transition back indoors this winter.

Anthuriums seem fussy as it is, and a drop in humidity levels could cause it to drop leaves and throw a fit until it adjusts to being inside again. Just my two cents.

Planto
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 7, 2015 12:07 PM CST
I don't grow them, so you may be correct, Planto. I can only speak to the varieties I grow, and of those 1000+ plants, every single one goes outside from April till October and then are brought back inside for the fall and winter months.
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Plantomaniac08
Jun 7, 2015 1:25 PM CST
Ken,
I know not everyone's experiences are the same, so what doesn't work for one, may work for someone else and vice versa. She could very well leave it outside and bring it indoors this winter with no issue, I was just expressing a concern (what I mean to say is, I could be wrong Hilarious! ).

Thank you for the comment though. Smiling

Planto
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 7, 2015 2:09 PM CST
I only can go by what I grow and my experiences growing those plants. I wish I was more "educated" in horticultural subjects, but alas, my learning is mainly from trial and error - plenty of the latter. Sticking tongue out
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Plantomaniac08
Jun 7, 2015 3:46 PM CST
Ken,
Ditto. Hilarious! I think in the end no matter what you read or are taught, it all amounts to your own experiences.

Planto
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 7, 2015 4:12 PM CST
Thumbs up I agree
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Jun 7, 2015 5:09 PM CST
Well, as always I appreciate the opinions and view points and decided I will just leave it in as it is doing well and blooms all year
round, then I also do not have a concern of what bugs hitch-hike in when brought back in. Thanks again!
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Plantomaniac08
Jun 7, 2015 5:56 PM CST
Ooo, I forgot about possible bugs. Hilarious! I had the luck of ants making a home in a couple of my outdoor potted plants one year. Fortunately, they weren't houseplants.

Planto
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 7, 2015 6:37 PM CST
Ants are easy to get rid of. That's about the only thing I have to deal with and then, they are almost always only in my staghorns.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 7, 2015 6:47 PM CST
Great growing Linda, that is a beautiful Anthurium! I'm with Planto ... I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I have a heck of a time keeping Anthurium's alive for very long, indoors or out. I currently have one that's been hanging in there for @ 8 months or so but it's beginning to look a bit ratty and I thought about trying to find a shady spot outside but then I know I'd forget about watering it so it's still indoors. You should upload your lovely photo to the general Anthurium entry in database: Anthuriums (Anthurium)
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Plantomaniac08
Jun 7, 2015 7:01 PM CST
Ken,
What's your solution? I tried bait traps, but it worked temporarily. A new family would move in a month later. Hilarious!

Planto
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 7, 2015 7:53 PM CST
If you are referring to ants, I just use a pinch of Orthene Fire Ant Killer. There will not be a single ant 12 hrs. later. I don't know whether it kills them or chases them. The only thing I care about is that they are no where to be found.
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Plantomaniac08
Jun 7, 2015 7:59 PM CST
Ken,
I was. Smiling I'll remember that for the next time I have an issue with ants. So far, no issues since that one year they were trying to take over our patio, but it's nice to have a solution on hand!

Planto
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jun 7, 2015 8:03 PM CST
Planto, there are lots of ant baits on the market. Numerous ATP subscribers has praised one or the other of these. I just like the fact that Orthene rids me of the ants overnight and does so time after time. When ants get into my staghorns (they are up in the trees), these are never fire ants. They are the tiny, non-biting, "sugar-ants". Regardless, I don't want them in my house or in my greenhouses.
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Plantomaniac08
Jun 7, 2015 8:13 PM CST
Ken,
I used one that was highly praised elsewhere (found it on different websites, not a gardening site though) and it worked temporarily. Thumbs down I ended up taking a drastic measure that I wouldn't recommend. It worked, but I'm surprised I didn't kill the plant. So, to learn of something else that someone has used and know it works for them is a plus.

Mine were the same small "sugar ants." Stubborn little boogers. I'd take them over fire ants though. Whistling

Planto
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jun 7, 2015 8:16 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 8, 2015 9:39 AM CST
I have a problem here with small black ants nesting in my container plants that hang in the trees. I moved a hoya plant yesterday and hundreds of those little insects were scrambling out of the pot and all up my arms ... thank goodness those little black ones don't bite. I really detest fire ants and have been stung by them numerous times. I had an issue with the tiny Pharaoh ants in the kitchen one time but I sprinkled ground cinnamon outside the window where I think they were making entry and it worked ... no more ants! Hurray!
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Plantomaniac08
Jun 8, 2015 11:03 AM CST
Ooo, the little "sugar ants" I had bite.

Good thing yours didn't, I'd be throwing my plant across the yard (not intentionally, but you know, knee jerk reaction).

I wonder what makes certain containers more attractive than others?

Planto

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