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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Sep 30, 2017 8:23 AM CST
I divide my house plants into 2 groups: tropical and succulents. Brought the last tropical inside yesterday. 35F this AM. Been brining them in for a while now. Many do not like anything under 50F. Counted pots. I do not count plants but can count pots. 168. I thought it was more. No small ones though. They are all 4" to 28" size. I have about 20% of the succulent inside and there is nothing even close to mid 30's in the 10 day forecast so far. Maybe not a record but very unusual for here. My guess - 600 still outside. Gene
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crawgarden
Sep 30, 2017 8:40 AM CST
Wow Gene!
Keep Calm and Carry On
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Sep 30, 2017 9:10 AM CST
I bet you are glad it's done! I'm dreading. The puzzle always seems impossible at first.

I couldn't do it w/o this site, by using a list of plants in ground that are not hardy. I need to make sure each kind is accounted for by the presence of at least 1 individual in a pot somewhere before the first frost.
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Sep 30, 2017 9:13 AM CST
I figure I have the dirtiest house in WI. Gene
Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Sep 30, 2017 10:38 AM CST
Not dirty Gene - just very tropical and lush nodding
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plantladylin
Sep 30, 2017 10:56 AM CST
I am always so amazed when I read about those in northern climates who have sooo many plants to move inside and out with the season changes! Gene, 600 still to move??? My hat's off to you because that is a lot of hard work ... and then to have to move them back out in spring! Blinking

Oh, and I agree with Frenchy21, not a dirty house, just an indoor tropical paradise! Dirty is two big dogs who shed incessantly and who are constantly tracking leaves, muck and mud inside when I've just mopped the tile floors!
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Sep 30, 2017 11:22 AM CST
Yes the older I get (and the more outa shape) the harder it gets. Suppose you lived here and liked plants. What would you do? Probably some routine I like I do with more common sense = less plants. Yes, in our usually dreary winters I sit here surrounded by green growing things. lots of sunshine and fresh air. Gene
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CarolineScott
Oct 1, 2017 5:42 AM CST
It is great to enjoy being surrounded by plants in the dreary winter days. I have to move mine in today ! Begonias, Geraniums, Thunbergia and Cannas.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Oct 1, 2017 6:17 AM CST
Gene, you don't consider a 4 inch pot small????? Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Oct 1, 2017 7:08 AM CST
I know you are not a fan of "small" plants. Gene
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AnnaZ
Oct 1, 2017 9:09 AM CST
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pod
Oct 1, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Suppose you lived here and liked plants. What would you do?


I got this answer! MOVE SOUTH! Whistling

Although I still move plants into the greenhouse. Started that today but am doing so gradually as I wish for a soaking rain first. I hate to have to start the greenhouse watering. Am I never happy???

I agree with Tiffany, there will be one of each that I will make sure is brought in. The rest will squeeze in as they can.

OTOH if I lived in the north, I would want all my plants surrounding me to make the winter seem more pleasant. Good luck with the next 600 Gene. Crossing Fingers!

Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Oct 1, 2017 7:06 PM CST
Even though it is nice outside and the longer I leave plants out , the less my electric bill will be - the other side of the coin is everything I bring in now will be that much less I have to deal with when the suddenly change the forecast and all must come in at once - oh my aching back. Fired up the lights on this shelf - north wall of my office and had intended to fill it but ran out of gas. Here's 25 larger Sansevieria, room for about 15 more. The white matte paper at the top is to keep the light out of my eyes while I'm at my desk. Gene
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 2, 2017 8:05 AM CST
Knowing so well what to do doesn't make the actual doing any easier, does it?

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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Oct 12, 2017 2:39 PM CST
Brought back inside about 150 pots of Sansevieria today. Starting to drizzle so I will quit for now. Forecast for Sunday night is 38F. Plan is to get all plants back inside by then but I will probably run out of energy and put some covers out. Only 300 to 400 to go right now. Gene
Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Oct 12, 2017 5:11 PM CST
Wow Gene! That's a lot of plants to move - better eat lots of spinach. Hilarious!
Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Oct 12, 2017 5:35 PM CST
Took another load up tonight. I was going to take some this afternoon, but it's kinda muddy up by the g'house and the SU wasn't too keen on driving up there till it dried off. HOWEVER..........we burned trash which required the use of the loader tractor to haul it all down to the burn pile. Lots of cardboard and boxes from the last few fireworks shows. I told him since he had to take the tractor back up there anyway, he could take a load and I'd wheel them with my cart the last little distance. Every load helps. Green Grin!
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Oct 12, 2017 8:32 PM CST
Lots of Jicama but no spinach.
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sallyg
Oct 14, 2017 5:52 AM CST
not to hijack,but how do you like to do the Jicama?

I have relatively very few plants, (relatively here, practically zero Hilarious! ) the only one I am 'concerned' about is the budding Plumeria, hoping it has tome to bloom, or will bloom after I have potted it.
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Oct 14, 2017 6:37 AM CST
Raw Jicama. Cut it into quarters. Cut off the skin with a knife. Slice it into thin slices. Store in a bowl of water in the refrigerator. My go to snack. Keeps my mouth busy, my stomach full. Lots of fiber and vitamins. I average about 10 lb. a week. Gene

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