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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 12, 2015 5:13 PM CST
Sad Well, I knew this day would come. Bring stuff indoors for Winter - which unfortunately for me is the majority of the year here in Zone 5B ~ 7 months. But HEY - looking on the bright side, I will have fresher air. nodding And LOTS of pretty things to look at without the hassle of walking outdoors! But then who would want to when the wind chill is 17 below. Again the bright side. nodding If they were outside, they would all be dead. Blinking

So DW and I spent the day cleaning up plants and debuging them. OMG - I detest Scale. And Spider Mites And ... Black Sooty Mold (which is actually a fungus Whistling 10 % bleach solution and a sponge - POOF. And plain old spiders. All gone! Big Grin ) But considering, things looked much better than I expected. This has been a hellish growing season.

Anyway - Day 1 moves:

6 ' Tropical Hibiscus
5 ' Tropical Hibiscus Standard
7 ' Weeping Fig Ficus
3 x 25-30 year old tender Agapanthus - very large. Repotted 4 wks ago
Spider plant x 2 (one with a whole brood of babies)
10 year old Lipstick plant
5' var. small leaf Shefflera
Beautiful full bore blooming Red 3' bougainvillea (2 more to go)
3 YO Lantana
30 YO 6' + Jasmine (in bloom so the room smells nice)
2 x 10 + YO Asparagus Fern (ouch)
Brunfelsia grandiflora Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - in bloom. Sweet
3 + foot citronella Geranium pruned by ~ 18 "

and several others that I forget (at my age - the mind is the second thing to go Rolling on the floor laughing )

Of course, to arrange all this, we had to move and rearrange ~ 30 other inside plants.

As I wander around the kitchen there are 9 plants now in addition to 15 orchids. (Cooks can look over their shoulder and pretend they are in a jungle!) Green Grin! The Dining area has 27 plants - the better for my After Dinner hobby. The front Living room has 13. Hey - Live plants have to live some where. Right? OOPS! Almost forgot the fine Italian pottery 5" x 24 " on the back of the stool with its lovely 7 types of succulents. DW idea - not mine.

And worst of all. We barely made a dent - nothing from deck made it in. Nor the hundreds of seedlings in my driveway. And I still also have 200 1 - 3 YO trees and shrubs to put to bed for Winter.

I so love gardening. Sticking tongue out
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Oct 12, 2015 5:46 PM CST
Oh just love your account of moving back inside! I do it every year, it takes me about 2 weeks to move everything into their Winter spots. Look at the bright side, it is good exersize.... Ha!! And the free cricket concert on warm evenings, you can't beat that! Smiling
Name: Patti
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Tuckersmom
Oct 12, 2015 7:42 PM CST
Wow. I have no words. Bougainvillea in Missouri. I must think about this.
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Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Oct 12, 2015 8:05 PM CST
Tuckersmom said:Wow. I have no words. Bougainvillea in Missouri. I must think about this.


I have 3 - all blooming right now. Pink/Red, Bright Red and White. 2 are variegated. The red has been blooming for nearly 2 weeks and takes yer breath away. The Pink/Red and Red are on their second bllom.

Try em Smiling Hard to find locally here - I bought all 3 on the Web.

They winter over indoors with no sweat. Then after Mother's Day - outdoors on the deck in full sun.

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Name: Patti
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Tuckersmom
Oct 12, 2015 9:08 PM CST
When I lived in LA, many of the houses had bougainvillea covering the roofs. I'm sure it had to be several years old to reach that height. Ok, you have made me want to try next summer.

LA certainly didn't get any hotter than Kansas. How does humidity affect it? See what you did? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing My brain is spinning and I haven't even tucked my dying tomato plants in the compost heap yet. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 12, 2015 9:46 PM CST
Patti - your weather is about the same as mine Smiling Actually - you are slightly warmer. Bougainvillea thrive in Hardiness Zone 9 and up. They cannot handle temperatures below 30° F.

Soooooo you simply winter over indoors. Smiling In Winter, it NEVER gets below 63 or so in my house. As Mellani indicated, I simply ignore Zones. Smiling

Now it does play heck with trees - for example I cannot grow a Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata gets too big, but I did buy a Cananga odorata var fruiticosa which passed on from non-zone related reasons). But I do have a Ylang Ylang vine (Artabotrys hexapetalus) and I am growing Climbing Ylang Ylang (Artabotrys siamensis) from seed. I really want a Desmos Chinensis - Ylang Ylang shrub. Will attempt from seed this winter See? I simply ignore zones.
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Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
Oct 13, 2015 3:56 AM CST
Wow, my table of pots in the sunny guest room window doesn't compete with your jungle. Mostly what I bring indoors is a lemon tree, Coleus cuttings, Christmas cactus, scented geranium, etch... in case you don't know about it, hydrogen peroxide is my best friend when it comes to getting rid of fungus gnats. Still have a lot of things growing outdoors now but by month end all will be indoors.
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CarolineScott
Oct 13, 2015 4:43 AM CST
Yes it is time here too, to move plants indoors.
We have only had a couple of light frosts so far, but hard frost will be coming soon.
I move pelargoniums, centradenia, begonias, cannas.
Coleus are already in the house.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 13, 2015 10:04 AM CST
I love reading about moving day indoors. I know it is a lot of work..but more of labor of love Big Grin

I move a few of my plants indoors too, but right now our summer like temps just won't quit yet, still in the low to mid-90's daytime high! Rolling my eyes.
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 13, 2015 10:07 AM CST
SCButtercup said:Wow, my table of pots in the sunny guest room window doesn't compete with your jungle. Mostly what I bring indoors is a lemon tree, Coleus cuttings, Christmas cactus, scented geranium, etch... in case you don't know about it, hydrogen peroxide is my best friend when it comes to getting rid of fungus gnats. Still have a lot of things growing outdoors now but by month end all will be indoors.


Yeah - I have lemon, clemantine, myer lemon, coleus as well that needs to come in :-)

I don't have that fungus gnat problem here. But I do use peroxide for various applications. What mix do you use?
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Oct 13, 2015 12:42 PM CST
I'm with you Buttercup all will be in before the month's end, but temps are dropping already, so my houseplants are coming under shelter. I'll probably keep them in the garage at night and put them out during the day for the next couple of weeks. My tenders/tropicals that I don't want to go dormant, will be coming in before the weekend, as temps will drop into the 40s for a few nights. I don't want to shock them. My holiday cactus'--short day plants will remain out for a couple more weeks, as the cooler, shorter days help them to set buds. My clivias and plants that need a cool dormant period, will spend the winter in the garage. I'm dunking almost everything in BATS and washing down the leaves before they come in. I can't handle bugs in the house.
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 13, 2015 6:32 PM CST
BATS?

We were in the mid to upper 40's for ~ a week a bit back. I only start getting really concerned when it is 30s to low 40s. I always push the envelope. Smiling But I need to get ready for Day 2 cause forecast of low of 37 Sat night. Grumbling Or maybe not Smiling Have not heard anything about frost yet.

Deebie - do you have adequate light in the garage? My garage actually can get down to 32 and has poor light, but I did store some things in there last winter. Calibrachoa and geraniums. They made it. nodding
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Oct 13, 2015 9:00 PM CST
David, I don't have adequate lighting in my garage and I only have 1 window which faces NE, but I'm working on getting DH to set up some shelves with florescent lights for my plants in the garage. Whistling I too want to save my angelonias and calibrachoas. I usually just let my hibiscus, brugs, orchid cactus, clivias and sometimes pothos go dormant. I also store some of my bulbs in there. Last year I overwintered my cactus and succulents successfully under the one florescent fixture in there. I've since increased my collection, therefore, the need for additional shelves and lighting. nodding

BATS: Bayer Advanced Tree & Shrub - a systemic insecticide
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 14, 2015 10:50 AM CST
BATS - Thanks

I just potted up my Angelonia last night and will store in garage. Last year I stored calibrachoa and geraniums in there and they made it. No sup light and gets down to nearing freezing.

I am in a quandary of what to do with my Oleander - it got HUGE this summer. I should have cut it back and made cuttings a month ago, but it has been in full bloom for over a month.
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Oct 14, 2015 12:10 PM CST
Cut the oleander back and trying storing it in the garage as well. Use the cuttings to root more plants. nodding I stored mine in my garage this past winter and still didn't get to plant it in the ground. Now, I'm afraid to plant it this late in the season, as it's winding down. Besides, it will freeze to the roots and have to regrow the top portion again. Oh well, I guess I'll be storing it in the garage again. At least I'll have blooms earlier next year. Thumbs up
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Cinta
Oct 14, 2015 4:31 PM CST
David sounds like fun. I started this week because this weekend they are calling for frost. My coleus are always the first to come inside.

I will leave the jade and the cool growing succulents out as long as possible so they will flower this winter. I throw a blanket over them and then plastic and uncover them through the day because it will be in the 60s through the day.
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Oct 14, 2015 5:52 PM CST
Cinta, that's sounds like a good idea for the succulents--leaving them out and covering them at night. If it should rain, they will be protected under the plastic until it gets cold enough to bring them in. I think I will try that. Thumbs up

I had the bright idea that I would combine some of my plants, but it seems like most have grown so much over the summer that there is little room to cram anything else in the pot. Blinking Most pots that are bigger are also deeper, that's a good recipe for disaster via waterlogged soil. I have to keep searching. Shrug!
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Cinta
Oct 14, 2015 7:49 PM CST
Yes Debbie I try to keep them out at least until late November early Dec
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Oct 15, 2015 7:58 PM CST
That's great. Thumbs up I'll try to do the same.
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 15, 2015 8:02 PM CST
Cinta said:Yes Debbie I try to keep them out at least until late November early Dec


Sorry. Keep what?

In my zone by those dates we can easily be in the teens.

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