Cactus and Succulents forum: Ideas for partial shade plus rain protection

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Br34kb34t
May 31, 2017 5:26 PM CST
I'm wondering if anyone can offer some unique ideas for providing my outdoor plants with partial shade while also keeping them dry.

I live in central Virginia in a townhome with a small patio. The walls are high and I get mostly mid-day intense sun. The summers here are brutal so I keep my plants under a 9' patio umbrella to protect them from burning. I also do this because we get a lot of rain. The umbrella is good for keeping my plants dry, but they just aren't getting enough sun.

I'd love to find an umbrella that lets some sun through, but will also protect from rain. I know...that's asking a lot. Other ideas are also welcomed!


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Name: Paul
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cahdg6891
May 31, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Beautiful looking plants Lovey dubby I use 50% shade cloth for a lot of my succulents during the summer. Maybe you could get some clear plastic sheeting, like the huge thin plastic sheets people put down when they are painting, and put that over or under some shade cloth? Especially if you had a frame of some sort that was open on one side to keep it from holding in too much heat. Or perhaps you could find a clear plastic umbrella and use laundry clips to hold shade cloth in place.
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Baja_Costero
Jun 1, 2017 10:20 AM CST

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Other than some kind of translucent patio umbrella (which probably doesn't exist) I don't have any suggestions, but I wanted to say how nice and well taken care of your patio plants are. Thumbs up

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tarev
Jun 1, 2017 11:51 AM CST
In my garden I have a growcamp, designed for elevated vegetable growing, but I use it more to protect my orchids during the warm/hot months and during winter for some succulents of mine that can stand the cold but must be kept dry.

It has plastic foil that can be rolled up and down as needed, if it rains a lot, or I just roll it up and just use the screen cover to let the air continuously around and still get some much needed shade. On our side, rain tapers down in mid Spring to no rain up to mid Fall, so the plastic is rolled up to let the air in. The netting, aside from giving some shade also protects my plants inside from some nasty insects like grasshoppers.

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Name: Bob
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OrchidBob
Jun 4, 2017 1:41 PM CST
Most of the succulents in your photo are Aloes and Agaves.
Living in Hawaii I know that those two species love rain.
We can get 100 to 200 inches of rain a year and they thrive in it.
Of course good drainage is required.
The Agaves can thrive in full sunlight.
The Aloes grow better in a little shade. 30% to a max of 50%
they can be grown well in dappled shade under trees and bushes.
The other succulents you have like the golden barrel cactus and the mammillarias can grow in full sunlight but do need rain protection.
Your Jade bush is crying out for more sun and it needs rain protection.
A small roofed area would give you a greenhouse for the full sun plants.
I like the clear polycarbonate roofing they sell at Home Depot.
Also a good idea to build a bench to get them off the ground.
You will have fewer insect problems if growing on a bench.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 29, 2017 8:48 PM CST
Catching up on this thread. Good to know about aloe. But my succulent collection is growing and feel that I, too need to keep the rain storms we get off them. Pencil cactus, Mother of Thousands, Thornless Crown of Thorns , peperomia obavata, are about all I have. And they need to be treated right. I have a large clear umbrella (Ebay) that I am thinking of rigging up over a table...as soon as I find a suitable table. Sunshine is already at a premium in my shady yard. Finding room for a table might be a challenge.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 30, 2017 3:59 PM CST
Ok. I set up this "Succulent House" today on the driveway. The car will have to maneuver around it but I think it will work. I used an old IV pole through the middle of shelving found in a dumpster dive , but PVC would have worked, too.
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First, used duct tape to secure the eBay umbrella to the pole. Then added zip ties.

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I got it all assembled just before a burst of rain. I think this will work as long as the wind doesn't take hold of it. Thumbs up


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plantmanager
Jun 30, 2017 4:14 PM CST
That looks perfect! You sure have a happy Plumeria there.
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