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Mar 30, 2018 9:37 AM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
remember this stunner:

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How bout now?

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ANd this one:

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Today:


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Sometimes it feels like I live in Siberia! My poor babies -
I'm not really upset, this happens every winter. It's always a matter of survival- if they can get through till mother's day they can go back outside and flourish once more. Every one of them will bounce back by 4th of July

I'm often Green with envy (pun intended) when I see beautiful pictures in February and March, but I thought it was also important to share when your climate simply will not co-operate and everything goes sideways.
Sometimes you have to have a strong stomach to love this hobby
And always patience- Lots and lots of patience.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
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Mar 30, 2018 2:30 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
I share your climate woes, Paula, and I don't have access to an outdoor location in summer. I have been forced to adapt.

Your Philodendron selloum will do just fine through the winter if you can provide better indoor light for it - within a few feet of a window.

I don't know about your other plants, but light is usually the problem, not season or temperature for tropical plants that are kept indoors.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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Mar 30, 2018 4:40 PM CST
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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Get your plants some treats: LIGHTS. I have hundreds of plants that flourish during the winter indoors. Gene


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Mar 31, 2018 2:41 AM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
Gene-
I got lights! Just not enough for everyone. I'm running CFLs, LEDS MHs (including three sizeable planted fish tanks) but Somebodies gotta go without.
Its not gonna be my orchids which have bloomed beautifully all winter long, or my pretty little indoor container gardens, or..... so its the big guys who suffer with nothing but window light.

Usually we only share what we are most proud of- I know I have. I just thought it was important to remember that even the best of us have rough times




Will, thank you, but over time I think I've come to a conclusion that you and I do things differently.

Oh- aquascapes if you're interested- this is where my light goes:




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The plural of anecdote is not data.
The plural of bozos is Dasilyl - so please don't engage with my website troll who typically caches my first post and responds ugly just to be nasty. If it gets upity, please ignore it.
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Mar 31, 2018 5:27 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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wow, Paula, I hoped you'd show the fishtanks. Beautiful!

Yes, light sure is the limiter.
If you loved me half as much as I love you, you wouldn't worry me half as much as you do...
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Mar 31, 2018 6:07 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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Every plant person has a slightly (or radically) different environment. Of course people do things differently. If not, we'd have nothing to discuss on these forums. Pretty much everything I do recently is different from anything I did when I first started having plants decades ago. I have, over time, amassed a collection of experiences and observations from which to compare, and have moved to a totally different climate. And still, almost daily, read and see ideas that are new to me. Plants offer endless opportunities for experimenting and learning.

Always keep an open mind, especially in regard to things one has not done before. If someone else says they have done something and it worked, another person shouldn't say their way is better without trying the other thing too, and then having some basis for comparison. And some methods that can lead to success in some locations/environments might not yield the same results in other locations/environments.
The golden rule: Do to others only that which you would have done to you.
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Mar 31, 2018 6:55 AM CST
Name: Christine
NY zone 5a
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I agree with Will, they needed more light, I kept most of mine in front of a south facing window and they did great, some even amazed me and grew
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May 19, 2018 7:11 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
After just a week outside all my succulents went from the standard ubiquitous weak winter green where everything is the same color to reds and pinks and yellows and deep greens ... and I realized every remaining rosette was a sedum- the graptopulatum were completely gone-

However- after a couple more days I have tons of grey-pink florettes growing off bare stems at nearly every previous leaf node so hooray for easy succulents.

It has rained nearly every day this week with no end in sight, and I think the saucer is too deep. They're probably flooded and there's no end in sight- gonna have to do something about that.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
The plural of bozos is Dasilyl - so please don't engage with my website troll who typically caches my first post and responds ugly just to be nasty. If it gets upity, please ignore it.
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May 19, 2018 7:36 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
Let's all play ukulele
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Yup, it's wonderful when Mother Nature takes over the watering-- unless we forget and leave things in cups and dishes, and we get 5 inches of rain in a week... arrgghh.
I have some things ravaged by a MD winter indoors, where I work, but most people aren't that observant and I usually get those things home again before they notice the decline.. so they think I am amazing gardener, lol.
If you loved me half as much as I love you, you wouldn't worry me half as much as you do...
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May 19, 2018 7:40 PM CST
Name: Christine
NY zone 5a
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Glad to hear good and bad Paula, I agree this week did suck, we even had a EF1 tornado touch down less than 2 miles from me, crazy weather up here in the Hudson Valley ๐Ÿ˜ฒ We should start to see temps warmer next week,tell your plants to hang in there sunshine ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒžis on its way
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