Houseplants forum: Simon Says...when it's to cold to garden outside...

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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 6, 2012 6:38 PM CST
Garden inside!!

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jan 7, 2012 12:24 AM CST
Hey Alan! I couldn't agree more...garden in every nook as long as near a nice window if possible Big Grin

Here is my indoor garden this winter:


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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 7, 2012 8:57 AM CST
Love all the blue Tarev. Cobalt blue is my favorite color!! Actually, any shade of blue is my favorite color... Hilarious!


























LorettaNJ
Feb 9, 2012 12:05 PM CST
Did you arrange that first container, Alan? It's beautiful!
Tarev, looks like you have a talent for orchids. I've never been good for orchids although I tried a couple of times. I really wasted some beautiful plants.
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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GardenGuyAZ
Feb 9, 2012 12:07 PM CST
No, I am afraid I did not. It was a gift I received at Christmas. Still doing very well, I might add, and the blooms have held on real well, but now they are almost bleached white from the sun shining through the window I'm guessing.

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Feb 9, 2012 5:53 PM CST
Thanks Loretta Smiling Actually, I used to be just watching others grow them, then after seeing some really nice ones at a flower show, I decided to learn more about them and their growing habits. With micro climate limitations, I just have to accept there are some really beautiful ones, that are not suitable for my area, but there are good alternatives too..in my case, Phalaenopsis, Cymbidiums and some Oncidiums are tolerating me Big Grin Big Grin

Alan, one thing I learned with the succulents, though they like being dry, some just do not like being in too much heat, especially intensified as the heat goes thru glass.
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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GardenGuyAZ
Feb 9, 2012 7:33 PM CST
Tarev, those windows have shade screens on them, not sure if you are famiiliar with those in your area, but they block most the heat out, but do allow some bright light in. So it's not like full hot sun. I have shade screens on all my south facing windows. My house faces south. On the north I took all the shade screens off when I bought the house, because now that my citrus tree's have got bigger, the sun no longer hits those windows, except very, very, very late in the evening.

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Feb 9, 2012 7:58 PM CST
Oh am familiar with those shade screens..good you have them..I also have them in all my windows too Big Grin
But just the same, I still have another layer of white curtain aside from those screens...I notice it helps my plants, somehow it still too much for them. But by late spring and summer, the canopy of the trees buffers the heat and complements the screens.
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Plumerias Plant and/or Seed Trader Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Bulbs Container Gardener
GardenGuyAZ
Feb 10, 2012 8:09 AM CST
I have the sheer curtains I can pull over if the light is too intense, but to be honest, my problem is the opposite. Outside that window sits a beautiful Bradford Ornamental Pear Tree, that has very dense foliage in the summer.

That shades that window from a lot of sunshine. So my concern will be the succulents are not getting enough light in the summer. Praying there will be enough. If not, I'm thnking of installing some track lighting and putting in the grow lights with a timer, so they get 8 hours of low energy use grow lights in the summer.

It sounds like you have a tree outside your window too :)

Alan

























Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Feb 10, 2012 12:15 PM CST
Yup we have trees outside, actually outside our property line..city trees..it is a blessing during summer when it is scorchingly hot high 90's to 100's and when they go deciduous some needed heat comes indoors during winter time Big Grin The jelly bean, sedums and other smaller succulents love being in some shade especially in the hot afternoon summer weather. Big Grin

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