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Sep 15, 2015 11:26 AM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
This building is very dry (low humidity), and there isn't a lot of natural light. I was wondering, after watching all these houseplants this summer... Is it possible that these conditions have put a lot of our plants in a dormant state, even during the hot months? It stays cold in here because of air conditioning...

Just a thought?
If it grows, I can kill it.
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Sep 15, 2015 7:52 PM CST
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
I think plants have an internal clock. It may be cool in your building but I think they can still see that it is getting darker earlier and before you get there in the morning I am sure the plants notice the sunrise is different. The light and earth signals the plant it is time to rest. Regardless if they are outside or inside. I think they are one with the earth.

My tropical plants that are in the basement and laundry room do not have a noticeable window but every Late Feb - March the plants start to wake up and pop up out of the soil in the pots. I do not dig up my tropicals I keep them all in pots and bring in the pots without disturbing the roots or plants.
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Sep 16, 2015 12:17 PM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
Okay that helps me. I just keep wondering if the inside conditions change how much I should water... Especially with my stubborn bunch of succulents. NOTHING I do can keep them alive!
If it grows, I can kill it.
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Sep 16, 2015 12:34 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Victoria, succulents are not my major growing interest, but I would think they need lots of light, regardless of the humidity/coolness. Can you supplement some good spectrum, high lumen, fluorescent lighting?
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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Sep 16, 2015 4:05 PM CST
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
I am the world most non-water. My succulents are in my sun room and I use that word (sun) lightly because my state is usually partly cloudy, partly sunny all winter. If my succulents get a drink more than 3 times they are inside for the winter they count themselves lucky.

I do not know if you think you can do it but I just sprinkle just enough water on top of the soil just to keep the soil from totally drying out. Most people feel they have to water until the water runs out. When I did that through the winter my plants died.
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Sep 21, 2015 3:39 PM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
Cinta said:I am the world most non-water. My succulents are in my sun room and I use that word (sun) lightly because my state is usually partly cloudy, partly sunny all winter. If my succulents get a drink more than 3 times they are inside for the winter they count themselves lucky.

I do not know if you think you can do it but I just sprinkle just enough water on top of the soil just to keep the soil from totally drying out. Most people feel they have to water until the water runs out. When I did that through the winter my plants died.


This is my newest tactic... I hope it works! Shrug!
If it grows, I can kill it.
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Sep 21, 2015 11:39 PM CST
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
I think it works because I know they go without a drop in the desert for s very long time.
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Sep 21, 2015 11:40 PM CST
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
I think it works because I know they go without a drop in the desert for a very long time. Whistling

I am sorry I have a double post here. I was trying to use my smartphone to post. I usually only use the smart phone to find my dumb phone.
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Sep 22, 2015 5:38 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Over-watering is what kills the vast majority of epiphytes and succulents. When in doubt, many succulents will actually "tell you" when they need water. Just watch for shriveling of their leaves.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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Sep 25, 2015 11:08 PM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
drdawg said:Over-watering is what kills the vast majority of epiphytes and succulents. When in doubt, many succulents will actually "tell you" when they need water. Just watch for shriveling of their leaves.


But do their leaves shrivel when too wet, or no?
If it grows, I can kill it.
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Sep 26, 2015 5:02 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Though I don't grow many succulents, in my experience, the shriveling is always due to dehydration, not over-watering. Root/stem rot will be typically seen when you constantly overwater or have a water-retentive potting media.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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Sep 26, 2015 5:08 PM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
drdawg said:Though I don't grow many succulents, in my experience, the shriveling is always due to dehydration, not over-watering. Root/stem rot will be typically seen when you constantly overwater or have a water-retentive potting media.


Okay. I am really going to cut water a lot and try only misting them every few weeks if necessary. We'll get this yet Rolling my eyes.
If it grows, I can kill it.
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Sep 27, 2015 11:36 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
I are on the right track, Victoria. When it comes to succulents, less is better.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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