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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Dec 11, 2016 8:31 PM CST
I have the following to put outdoors in summer
Starting mammoral day weekend

A Madagascar tree pachypodium

A red spine aloe by Tony not sure the cultivar

My golden barrel cactus

African milk tree

Prickly pear

Another Tony aloe

That's about it the jades scare me as we don't have anything but full blazing sun now that the dying boxelder tree was taken out of the neighbor's yard so does the gastaria succulents

I don't want a repeat of last year's jade death I almost killed the two small jades by sunburns
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Dec 12, 2016 9:45 AM CST
Bummer you lost your shade ๐Ÿ˜ž
Sounds like you'll have to make them some shade !รท!!!
Use some shade cloth. Build them a little house. A tepee. Get creative๐Ÿ˜Ž
Not into building. Buy one of thoes car port awings. They make some that are fully inclosed. Check out Harbor Freight Tools. Lots of cool stuff.
Ahh!!! You in windy city. You gonna need to anchor it down. It dont take much wind to blow it away !!!
A lean-to on a west fence. Out of shade cloth. Might be better.
What you think ???
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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Dec 12, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Agree, I've burned almost every plant I have at one point or another, including Opuntias and Euphorbias from mis-judging early spring shade. The trees that are there don't have foliage as soon as plants can start going back outside. Tolerance of a normal specimen for sun does not negate the need for gradual adjustment if the individual plant in question is not used to significant direct sun. Any plant that's been inside for more than few weeks can be easily sunburned, even if it was in the sun all day before coming in.
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Dec 12, 2016 11:09 AM CST
Yes, Tiffany is right. Full blazing spring sun can be way too much for plants which have spent months indoors. Try a gradual adjustment starting with bright shade outdoors, then a little morning sun, and so on, over the course of weeks. You don't need to erect shade structures if you can take advantage of overhangs, walls, existing vegetation, etc. around where you live.

The intensity is determined by the time of day (midday sun is strongest) and the time of exposure (hours of sun). As long as you ratchet up the intensity gradually, all your plants should be able to take lots of sun (eventually).

The limiting factor for indoor plants going outside is probably the UV. Regular window glass blocks most ultraviolet light, a component of sunlight which is mostly absent indoors. It can take plants weeks or months to build up their maximum tolerance to the UV in full sun.
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