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houseplantgarde
Sep 29, 2021 3:36 PM CST
Hey Guys!

It's about to be fall here in Michigan and I'm about to endure my first winter with the house plant collection that I rapidly accumulated within this past summer ( I think 45 now??) I'm going to have to bring my plants indoors and I was wondering if anyone has heard of any type of hose that I can attach to my sink or something? Also does anyone have any advice for what I should be doing to my plants before I bring them in for the winter? Thank you in advance!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 29, 2021 3:51 PM CST
Welcome!

My winter preparation is to inspect the plants carefully for any bugs thinking they can spend a cushy winter indoors. I also water a couple times with Insecticidal Soap because I always find at least one ant's nest.

Your sink will have to have a threaded faucet. If you can unscrew the aerator, you can find a connector that goes between the faucet and the hose as the threads are probably not compatible. If you know the make and model of your faucet, finding the right connector will be easier. If the aerator doesn't screw off or is built in, I'm not sure what you can do.
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purpleinopp
Sep 30, 2021 7:40 AM CST
Hi & welcome! It sounds like you have been very busy getting plants! Which is your fav so far?

The things I do to prepare are similar to Daisy's - visual inspection for pests (something I do all year when watering plants), and I always need more plastic plates for drip trays. Not the most attractive but they are the cheapest option I've found and work well to protect furniture and the floor. A turkey baster dedicated to plants can be handy for removing excess water from drip trays w/o moving plants.

I've always used a watering can. I do a lot of trips to the sink to refill it. For inside, one with a long spout that has a small hole works best for me. The spout is easy to stick through foliage so I can water the soil surface slowly and precisely.

I've thought about getting an indoor hose, I've seen them, but it seems much more cumbersome, getting it out, hooking it up, pulling it all around the house. I would need a pretty long hose to reach all of the plants, and if my experiences with outside hoses apply to indoor ones, this would result in dripping water all over the place. The sprayer attachment always drips a little. When finished using it, the hose would be full of water that would drip all over the kitchen or bathroom when being unhooked to be stored. It would need to be able to be stored somewhere where dripping water was OK.
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critterologist
Sep 30, 2021 9:58 AM CST
I've toyed with this idea also, especially since the majority of my overwintered plants are in one room (sunroom/ breakfast nook) with a vinyl floor. I actually asked the builder about putting a drain into the floor, but he laughed and then said NO. I have a coil hose that I could hook up to my mudroom sink... and I've also toyed with the idea of putting a much longer hose on my kitchen sink sprayer (the sink adjoins the sunroom).

I wanted to add a suggestion for cheap, deep saucers for larger pots... Dollar Store has "oil change pans" that are sturdy black plastic, with a little lip on the edge that's handy for tipping out extra water if you're using them outside, which I do for some plants. I like plant saucers outside, because sometimes water drains too quickly around the edges of a pot of dry soil, and then the saucer enables bottom watering. With big containers (I've put up to 20" containers on these pans), I don't usually worry about having a plant sit in an extra inch or two of water. You could also put a layer of gravel in the pans and use them as humidity trays under plants also.

The dollar store oil change pans aren't anything like elegant, but they last longer than cheap clear plastic saucers, and are much cheaper than sturdy saucers. I've put multiple smaller pots into them also, especially when a pot needs a good soaking.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 30, 2021 10:09 AM CST
I use a 25 ft. metal hose. Best investment I ever made.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0713Q3HNF/
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rosebuddy2
Sep 30, 2021 10:44 AM CST
Another consideration is to know what is in your tap water. My water comes from a well of VERY hard water which is treated, but full of water softener salt. No way that I would use that on my plants. I have water from an RO system for drinking and cooking, but it would not support any more than that. In my city days, I would leave the tap water out for 24 hrs to remove chlorine, which may or may not now be a myth. I use only rain water for my plants. In the fall I bring in my rain barrel plus a few 5 gallon barrels full of water which gets me through the winter along with the odd thaw that I can collect from the roof drippings. I have well over a hundred houseplants, and I enjoy spending an hour or more each week with my little watering can, going through the house to spend some time with each one.
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purpleinopp
Sep 30, 2021 11:38 AM CST
Jill, I think all rooms should have a drain hole in the floor. It would be so much easier to rinse everything than try to wipe off dust/dirt.
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critterologist
Sep 30, 2021 2:43 PM CST
Exactly! Mop & rinse with the hose.
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DaisyI
Sep 30, 2021 3:09 PM CST
I sent my husband this photo and told him I wanted this:
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He gave me this. It will do.... Rolling on the floor laughing
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Humboldt
Oct 1, 2021 9:34 PM CST
I had a couple nursery jobs when I was younger.

Being able to water and walk is awesome.

Would love to have a drained plant room!
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Peggy8b
Oct 3, 2021 3:21 PM CST
purpleinopp said:Jill, I think all rooms should have a drain hole in the floor. It would be so much easier to rinse everything than try to wipe off dust/dirt.


I lucked out with the purchse of this house. The original owners had exotic birds so they made a niche by the garage into an aviary off the diningroom with cemented floor, its own garage entrance and drain in the floor that drains to an in-ground PVC line out to the front curb. Smiling I have a 7' hose bib in that semi-outdoor area for convenience. Partial roof is metal mesh (used to keep the birds contained) so I still have to cold weather protect those plants. Makes a GREAT plant space on the whole though.
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So when I'm badmouthing the interim owner, a Master Gardener, for what and where she chose to plant things, I remind myself I also got this wonderful 'plant haven' semi-detached space that the original family that built the place left that is perfect for all my larger indoor plants.

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purpleinopp
Oct 3, 2021 3:48 PM CST
I'm trying to finagle wicks for as many of my plants as possible. The bigger ones can go for 2 weeks, no problem, but I've collected a TON of tiny pots again. Every few yrs I do that, they're so cute... & then they get too dry over winter.

https://garden.org/thread/go/1...

And some of them get combined into group pots that can stay moist for at least a week. Just assembled this pot today:
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Many other examples with more "leafy" plants:
https://garden.org/thread/go/3...
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Dirtmechanic
Oct 9, 2021 3:11 AM CST
This idea may be useful. It has a lower pressure and more flow than the regular type.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 9, 2021 10:54 AM CST
Oh, I like that!
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sallyg
Oct 10, 2021 7:30 AM CST
Peggy, how awesome!
Like Tiffany, I find small pots harder to care for, easily get too dry. And like Tiffany, I am going into winter this year with a number of succulents in smaller units planted together that will fit my limited sunny windowsill. Not as big or as many as Tiffany Smiling Thumbs up
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sallyg
Oct 10, 2021 7:33 AM CST
Oh the tank thing, like what you see for potted plant care in commercial settings.
But for me it would take a whole lot of plants to make that better than just refilling a can.
I'd like to have a decent attractive tray so plants can sit on my table by the window, then carry the whole tray to the sink for care.
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gardenfish
Oct 10, 2021 7:49 AM CST
I have three succulents and one cactus on a really nice tray that I carry to the kitchen. For the rest, I water with a plastic drink pitcher. Found out about the oil drip pans awhile ago, not pretty, but work well.
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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Oct 11, 2021 12:16 PM CST
Sally, consider a glass cake plate or tray. I have a weakness for cut/pressed glass, including rectangular trays (like you'd use under a sugar and creamer, maybe?), and they are very handy under collections of smaller pots or glass vases of cuttings. For a lightweight version, our Dollar Tree usually has clear plastic trays with a similar look.
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