Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: What happened in the greenhouse since the deep freeze.

Views: 291, Replies: 13 » Jump to the end
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds The WITWIT Badge Plays in the sandbox
Image
JB
Jan 16, 2018 3:04 PM CST
The weather has been extremely difficult on the plants inside and outside this year. Living in NJ does not really help the situation. It seems if there is wind, rain, sleet, ice, snow, you name it , on the weather map, we will get some of each.

This past year the bougainvillea and the hibiscus were so happy. They were put outside from the greenhouse early because our weather was warmer than usual. This is how the hibiscus looked most of the Spring and Summer.
Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/dde80f


Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/25fda6


Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/4bb9cd

They bloomed until this past December, 2017. They got cold on a below zero night and one of the greenhouse heaters died. So, they got really cold and looked pretty sad.
Yesterday, I finally decided they needed attention so we cut them back big time. They are now just sticks. They will be back even prettier next year if we are lucky.

The mandevilla were still going strong until that cold night in December and they too got a good trimming;
Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/9394e3

The bougainvillea were still blooming yesterday, all that cold and snow and they just kept on showing their beauty. We cut them back also. I was afraid they would bloom themselves to death.
Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/d6c7de



Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/e66939


Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/393fa5

I lost most of the orchids unfortunately. I will have to wait until Spring to see if they will come back. I have my doubts.
The Easter cactus look great. They were close to the second heater that remained working and we gave them a good cleaning and relocated them to their favorite spot in the GH so they can get ready for February when I will move them into the house and put the Holiday Cactus back in the GH.

The pink orchid Cactus got cold, but that will not stop it. I feel sure it will bloom again and continue to grow. It is a beauty when blooming.

Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/19a6d0

The other orchid cactus were in the house being babied because they are very young and so far have not outgrown their places in the bird room windows
]
The Angulare Jasmine and the Star Jasmine are both in very good condition. Also have some rooted cuttings that will be coming along soon that survived. The Angulare was trimmed back but the Star had been trimmed before it was taken into the greenhouse in the Fall and is now, with all the cold, etc. is blooming and has buds. The plant is not very attractive, but it is alive and well.

Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/dc2fe5


Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/3bf039

The Fragrant Tea Olive was not happy in the house and I returned it to the greenhouse and pretty well ignored it. Sat it on the floor and in a sunny location. Yesterday when we checked it there were some really fragrant blooms on it and it was certainly not affected by the cold a few weeks ago.

Thumb of 2018-01-16/JB/772eea


Didn't intend this to be this lengthy but as I kept going I thought it may be fun to put it down and in the Spring we will see how everything we trimmed and cleaned yesterday looks come Spring. Forgive me for being so lengthy. Green Grin!

All pictures were taken previously and used to show which plants I was talking about.
[Last edited by JB - Jan 16, 2018 3:10 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1622107 (1)
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Image
sallyg
Jan 16, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Well,well, you have had a great experience in testing cold tolerance. Intersting how happy the Bougainvillea is- I see it used in such hot dry locations.
Thanks for all the pretty flowers Green Grin!
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Eric4home
Jan 18, 2018 11:46 AM CST
Jacquie, We also have a GH for our tropical plants. 2 years ago we had a heater failure that resulted in die back of our lg. plants and near freezing of my orchids. So I did what you did and heavily pruned the bare stems, and voilĂ  I had excellent plants to show in the spring. Full and hearty foliage with good bloom. The orchids did recover quickly since they were situated near a back-up heater. We did lose a few begonias, but even some of those survived.
Just this past fall we must have had a bit of frost while we were away. I gathered all the plants in the GH as soon as we got home. Most started leaf drop right away but with others it was a process. All are pushing new leaves already and should remain beautiful, barring any further disruption. I'll start feeding them in another week or so to tune them up. Smiling
Ric of MAF @ DG
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Critters Allowed Butterflies Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Region: Mid-Atlantic Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Tropicals Hibiscus Cat Lover
Image
critterologist
Jan 19, 2018 12:20 PM CST
Where there are roots, there's hope! crossing fingers for your orchids and hibiscus, JB!

Lovely bloom pics!
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Eric4home
Jan 27, 2018 4:37 PM CST
@JB I'll have to figure if the GH is worth the $8-$900 we spend to heat it. I do love having it, but the cost may be exceeding the pleasure I derive. My sense of gardening is becoming limited to my veggie garden, a few perennial beds, my orchids, and house plants, As well as our trimmed hedges and such. My stamina for maintaining that is now failing. At some point we must accept our dreams are gone, yet we go on with what we have been given. Angel
Ric of MAF @ DG
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Container Gardener Dog Lover Houseplants Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Tomato Heads Hostas
Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums
Image
Frenchy21
Jan 28, 2018 12:10 AM CST
I believe that dreams don't go away, they just slow down and adjust like us 'old' gardeners. Hilarious!
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds The WITWIT Badge Plays in the sandbox
Image
JB
Feb 12, 2018 1:25 PM CST
Slow down is the nice term....mine came to a screeching halt when I hurt myself in 2015. I am still struggling with weak muscles, etc. but then I am old as dirt anyhow, so I just count every day as a gift and thank the Lord for each one.

I do however push my luck at times when I feel really full of energy. Then I am out of sorts for a few days. I found it really difficult keeping the humidity up in the greenhouse this winter. We not only watered the plants but sprayed the floor to keep the humidity up. My tropicals are alive and have been transplanted and fed but I am praying they stay well and survive. A few more weeks and I will feel better I am sure. Now it is above freezing, in fact it was 50 deg. this morning. By noon the temperature had dropped 20 deg. and tonight is to be a deep freeze. That is so hard on everything. I just hope the heaters hold up.

Hang in there guys and gals, our days will be here soon and then we will all be smiling again.
Stay well and stay safe. Lovey dubby
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Eric4home
Feb 12, 2018 8:44 PM CST
Crossing Fingers! Hope your heaters do well also. I had to replace my LP heater this fall. I have to check if the solenoid can be affordably replaced in my old one. The units are not very expensive but it would be nice to have a spare on site. Smiling

I have electric backup heaters, but in the event of a power outage and LP failure I'd be burning a bucket of charcoal if I caught it in time.
Ric of MAF @ DG
[Last edited by Eric4home - Feb 12, 2018 8:47 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1640146 (8)
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds The WITWIT Badge Plays in the sandbox
Image
JB
Feb 14, 2018 10:37 AM CST
That is a good idea @Eric4home. I am now wondering what is going on with the humidity. We just watered again and sprayed the floor in order to raise it a bit more. It is much to dry in the GH for these plants to survive properly.
We are going to transplant next week to larger pots where necessary. The new shoots are beginning to show already and I wanted to get it done before that happened. Wish I was able to do it myself but that is just not possible. Sighing!
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Eric4home
Feb 14, 2018 8:50 PM CST
My humidity is good. I only water every 2-3 days *Blush* I'm going to have to fill my hose feeder and get started with that soon. Smiling
I have a few seeds to start and a little winter sowing I want to do yet.
Hardly any of my orchids have started to throw flower stems yet. Sad
Ric of MAF @ DG
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds The WITWIT Badge Plays in the sandbox
Image
JB
Feb 15, 2018 1:50 PM CST
I am still waiting to see if my orchids are going to live. They look rather sad. I can not sprout seeds no matter how hard I try. I always get them to a certain point and they all die. Sighing!
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Eric4home
Feb 15, 2018 2:20 PM CST
Have you tried a heat mat? I've had some good luck with that. I have a piece of Corian, about 20x24"s that I put a single 10x20" mat on and it holds 2 10x20" trays nicely.
The one GH I worked at had the cement board topped benches heated in the house where we started our geranium cuttings. They were excellent for seed starting also Smiling .
Ric of MAF @ DG
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds The WITWIT Badge Plays in the sandbox
Image
JB
Feb 16, 2018 1:55 PM CST
When it comes to me growing seeds I need a miracle, not a mat. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Eric4home
Feb 16, 2018 2:31 PM CST
Sighing! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Ric of MAF @ DG

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Mid Atlantic Gardening forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Oriental Poppy Manhattan"