Houseplants forum: The ravages of a NY winter indoors, Lets all have a good cry!

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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Mar 30, 2018 9:37 AM CST
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.



Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Mar 30, 2018 2:30 PM CST
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
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Mar 30, 2018 4:40 PM CST
Get your plants some treats: LIGHTS. I have hundreds of plants that flourish during the winter indoors. Gene


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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Mar 31, 2018 2:41 AM CST
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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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Mar 31, 2018 5:27 AM CST
wow, Paula, I hoped you'd show the fishtanks. Beautiful!

Yes, light sure is the limiter.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Mar 31, 2018 6:07 AM CST
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.
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The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
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โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Mar 31, 2018 6:55 AM CST
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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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
May 19, 2018 7:11 PM CST
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.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
May 19, 2018 7:36 PM CST
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.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
May 19, 2018 7:40 PM CST
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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