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Oct 7, 2016 8:28 AM CST
|I bought a few items from a ebay seller, she sent extras, real nice plants.|
Echeveria "Los Raynos"
Echeveria"Black price" w/pup
Semp "Pacific Sparkler"
While I was at it I broke down a combo pot and claimed 9 individual plants.
Oct 18, 2016 8:38 AM CST
|Lovely new additions for you Steve! |
Oct 23, 2016 6:27 PM CST
|Steve looks good! What are you planning to do with them for winter? I'm asking because I'm experimenting this year with my tenders and leaving outside on a covered deck, so they'll stay dry. We'll see if this works! |
Oct 24, 2016 2:07 PM CST
|Greg, I have a 4 tier (shelf) mini greenhouse, it has a light weight clear plastic cover. These are about $35 +/- on Amazon. I have a pair of 22" T5HO lights for each shelf. It is under the house eaves against a brick wall with morning sun.|
I open the front of the cover each morning and with the lights on, it runs 10*F above OAT. I think this cover would keep temps above freezing with air temps down to 28-30* with lights off. With lights on I think it would protect them down to 20-22F outside air temps. I have a small 200 watt ceramic heater set for 35* ON and 45* OFF as backup. I'm just going to wait and see
I have semps, echivira and crassula mostly. I have moved my Kalanchoes indoors for the winter. I've read that they do not like going below 40*F. I have over a dozen varieties now and would hate to lose any.
The past few years winter has been very mild here, mid 20's at the coldest, but just like Seattle a Arctic front can move down and it can get very cold. Back in the 70's I saw several SEA winters near 0*F, -5F in Lake Stevens.
I think keeping your semps dry certainly helps them deal with the cold. This is my first winter with Crasulla and Echivira's, it well be a learning experience for sure.
Oct 24, 2016 3:31 PM CST
|Steve wow you have the set up! I think Seattle stays warmer than where you are. A couple years ago I used the same setup only without heat and lights and the tenders did fine! Just to be clear, the semps wouldn't want heat, they are alpine succulents (mountain areas above treeline) But yes they do want dry, so under eaves is where I keep mine, as well as using a hoop system and plastic tarp on some areas. I do make sure there is plenty of airflow, so I secure the tarp about 6 inches from the bottom so there is air on all sides of the bed. (this is for the semps. - in one bed though I am experimenting and have a windowbox of aloe in there - I think if they're dry they'll be great!) |
The tender succulents on my deck are definitely vulnerable to freeze, so I'm hoping for at least some warning before an arctic blast if we get one at all this year.
Oct 25, 2016 9:25 AM CST
|Protecting plants that are in the ground can be a challenge. You being right on the Puget Sound keeps temp more mild for sure. I'm hoping for a mild and short winter here.|