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LadyChilli
Nov 24, 2019 7:56 PM CST
Sounds silly, doesn't it? What I mean is that most of my plants lived out in the common area on a windowsill to keep them out of reach and in the gaze of great sunlight. Since the common area has become bitterly, bitterly cold, I've brought them into my nice warm apartment to spend the window.

Problem is, I have wayyyyy too many plants!

So, one plastic shelving unit later, they are all either living in the greenhouse, living on top of the fridge, living on the plant workbench, or living on the shelving unit in my hallway.

Wintering inside; 3 peace lilies (that are probably in a bad mood with me), 4 adult Bromeliads, one Coffee Arabica, one China Doll, one Hart's Tongue (I've falling so hard in love with this plant, help me), one ficus (my mascot plant that lived on a shelf beside my door and hid my cockatoo ornament).

Everyone else already lives inside the apartment, either inside or outside the greenhouse (one Aruthurium that's going to be REALLY upset when it gets too big for the greenhouse), one Madagascar Dragon Tree (that I like to think was upset, but it's still growing like a champion), 10'ish Bromeliad pups, 7? orchids, and one Gasteraloe.

Who is wintering their plants?
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sallyg
Nov 24, 2019 8:34 PM CST
Yup, I winter plants. In the bedroom right now I have a good table and south facing window with permanent screen. Great success for a couple regular and 3 mini Phalaenopsis, also one Oncidium, one begonia, one gasteria, and one jar with 3 fat hunks of brugmansia rooting. ( and three more hunks of brug downstairs. And one in a pot. It was just so hard to throw away those big fat stems.)
Also lighted shelves in the basement, and various windowsills that are OK for winter. Queens tears, clivia, jade, alocasia, kalanchoe, several Sanseveria, a number of odds and ends.. What I do NOT have is great places for keeping plants where they would really thrive AND be nicely displayed- other than bedroom, really limited.
I cut down on succulents this year because taking a tree down meant too much sun where I used to summer them. My deck used to have variable all day shade and I really liked having a lot of potted plants there to see and convenient to care for.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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Cinta
Nov 25, 2019 12:51 AM CST
I winter a lot every yr but I am low on plants so I did not have many to bring in this yr, I love tropical plants and succulents. The tropical plants Elephant Ears Colocasia, Alocasia,, Bannana, Brugmansia, Cannas, Plumeria are easy as long as I keep them cool 60s no special lights needed. Water them twice all winter and they are ready to take off come Spring.

Succulents are the easiest if they are kept cool 50s they do not need watered only once all winter and the are perfect. The Kalanchoes love it and flower perfect in those conditions.

Houseplant in decorative pots throughout the the house, they suffer the worst because I am a bad mommy because I hate to water plants indoors. But they learn to adapt and survive on the little water they get until summer vacation.

I have about 100 plants. The succulents go in the cool Sunroom and the tropicals live in the lower level laundry room.
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tarev
Nov 25, 2019 12:08 PM CST
I do overwinter some plants indoors, and this year I have to repurpose a cat cage to protect the orchids from one of my naughty cats. I have learned now not to have way too much plants since window access is limited. There are already other house plants indoors year round, so every winter got to find good light access for those coming in.

Thankfully our winters are milder, but it is our rainy season too The rains are still delayed here on my side right now and we badly need it since we have been dry for over 6 months. For now my succulents are doing nicely outdoors, cool and dry this Fall. Many of my succulents remain outdoors year round, have just made sure the media is very coarse, gritty and container with drain holes. As long as lowest temps just linger in the 30F range, it should be fine. It is in January and February that becomes dicey in case we get radiation fog and then the 20F range, that for sure will entail cold damage to my succulents. I have some succulents indoors hiding, like Pachypodium, Adeniums and Euphorbias.

To maximize window usage some of my year round indoor plants are in a plant post, so I go vertical positioning of the containers.

Overwintering indoors this year: room has one south facing window and one west facing window
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Euphorbias, Adeniums, Pachypodiums,Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng' overwintered indoors; Adeniums go dormant anywas, so just keeping them warm in that area. These plants get first dibs on that south facing window.
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Glad this Oncidium 'Sharry Baby' is just happy being indoors and is right now in bloom
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Other houseplants already indoors year round:
Nepenthes carnivores and Sansevieria by the kitchen sink
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Brought back indoors one of the Dendrobiums and the other tillandsias to join the other plants already staying indoors like Hoya shooting star, crytanthus, Sansevierias
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Always indoors, Phalaenopsis, Sanseveiria, Paphiopedilum orchid. Added Hoya kerrii variegata late Summer to recover from the excessive dry heat outdoors, and will just keep it indoors year round now.
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ZZ plants and Clivia always by the north facing window year round; my ongoing Amaryllis bulb in a glass container with gel beads also on this batch
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Pothos, scindapsus and Dracaena sanderiana always on this wall getting indirect light Pothos all growing in water gel beads
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JayZeke
Nov 25, 2019 12:37 PM CST
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I think its AWESOME how so many people, not just myself, have "plants' addiction".
i believe im close to 150 plants indoors right now. Blinking Blinking Confused anywhere from desert dwelling to equatorial evergreens !!
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Gina1960
Nov 26, 2019 7:24 AM CST
I haven;t had to take anything in yet, we had our coldest temps last night at 37F (just for one night it will be closer to 60 for the overnight again on Wednesday) but I have the heater on in the greenhouse definitely!

I do have all the outdoor plants ground around the GH doors to push them in quickly if we get a freeze, which is not on the horizon as far as the 10 day forecast goes.

This is our 'roller coaster' season, it can be 35 one night, 65 the next. The average for us this time of year is about 48-50, so we are generally either a little under that or a little over LOL.
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gasrocks
Dec 1, 2019 9:19 PM CST
I have about 800 house plants in my house for the winter. Gene
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Dec 14, 2019 5:07 PM CST
Not surprised (much) today when I found lots of spider mite webbing all over the tips of my lemon tree's branches. And so begins the aggravating weeks of fighting off mites. I sprayed outside with a hose, and sprayed again with insecticidal soap that I already had. All while hearing voices from this forum "spray all parts to dripping, to completely cover, and repeat"
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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gasrocks
Dec 14, 2019 6:28 PM CST
Azamax.
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Gina1960
Dec 14, 2019 6:53 PM CST
Don't they annoy? They tend to explode when its drier and less light
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terrafirma
Dec 14, 2019 7:24 PM CST
I have to admit that in my "old(er)" age....If you can't handle the climate here, than I don't need you!
I've "whittled " my plants down to those that can "handle it".
Yeah, I do miss some of them, but....
I don't miss schlepping them in and out!
At this point I only have 3 that I move into the garage.
Vanda orchids.
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Cinta
Dec 14, 2019 10:45 PM CST
I am so bad I am still buying plants. My grocery store has a florist shop inside the store and they have a lot of plants that they typically use in the FTD orders, I have purchased 5 Christmas cactus and a couple other houseplants. I love plants that have color foliage and FTD use that type of foliage in their plant arrangements.

Name: Sally
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sallyg
Dec 14, 2019 11:48 PM CST
gasrocks said:Azamax.

Yep, I will be ordering some, can use it in the summer vegetable garden too.

i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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gasrocks
Dec 15, 2019 7:10 AM CST
As Will will say, pests usually show up, do well when the plant is weak. Something wrong with growing conditions. Exit the bugs then tend to the plant.
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Gina1960
Dec 15, 2019 7:35 AM CST
I'm gonna have to put a few into the greenhouse Wednesday night....that is the oldest night we have forecast for the next 10 days at 33F. When they say 33, I take that to mean it may actually get lower. So the more unusual Clerodendrons, plumerias and Ti leaves are getting pulled in for a night.
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romalu
Dec 17, 2019 4:26 PM CST
It depends a lot on what kind of plants you have, what kind of conditions they need, and whether they were indoors already of course.

My Aglaonemas, Scindapsus, hoya, and Micans philodendron are indoors only and slow down a bit maybe, but otherwise don't really care that it's winter and I haven't changed anything about how I care for them.

I have some cacti and a few other succulents that spent the summer outside and are now 'wintering' indoors. I have all of them in a south window, either on the sill or right in front of it. It's cool enough right there to keep the cacti and agave dormant and sunny enough to keep the Crassula happy. I don't have a basement or garage so that's the best I can do. I water the cacti and agave very little right now, of course -- only when they show signs of thirst.

Name: Sally
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sallyg
Dec 17, 2019 7:10 PM CST
gasrocks said:As Will will say, pests usually show up, do well when the plant is weak. Something wrong with growing conditions. Exit the bugs then tend to the plant.


Probably, for me, not enough light.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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critterologist
Dec 18, 2019 11:27 AM CST
I have quite a project waiting for me with my older amaryllises, many of which have soil mealies. I manage to knock them back but not quite get rid of them, so I think I'll be stripping them of dead leaves, outer brown "skin" on the bulb (where mealies love to hide), old roots, then spraying with azamax and repotting in shallow tubs of potting mix under lights.. Any buds should (sadly) get removed so the bulbs can recover and start fattening up again. I'm hoping that after a winter downstairs and a summer outside, any toxicity from the azamax will be gone so I can safely bring them around my cats again. Eliot the ever-hungry will eat Anything!

I brought a couple of gerberas inside as an experiment. Got them on clearance, and they were just starting to really thrive this fall, couldn't bear to let the frost take them. I have a few other tender perennials inside also. Sadly, my expensive 'Amazel' basil didn't survive last summer (but I'll probably try again, since it can supposedly continue growing like a tender perennial rather than an annual).
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gasrocks
Dec 18, 2019 12:17 PM CST
1F this AM. Started 2 humidifiers. I keep the humidity inside between 35 and 45%. Good for the plants, myself and the furniture. Warm stretch coming so I just ordered another quart of Azamax.
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Hamwild
Dec 18, 2019 1:48 PM CST
1F... Blinking And I think 27 is cold.

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