Mid Atlantic Ventures in Gardening forum: Containers, Tropicals & House Plants #5 - Oct. 2011

 
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Imageluvsgrtdanes
Oct 11, 2011 7:53 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
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Summer is over and fall has begun, tell us all about what you do with your containers and how you take care of your tropicals and house plants for winter.

We came from here http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/59577/

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Imagestormyla
Oct 11, 2011 10:46 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Such a lovely photo Ronnie! Thanks for the new thread! Big Grin
ImageHollyAnnS
Oct 12, 2011 1:37 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Well, It depends on the container. I have so many big heavy pottery pots, they get crushed cans or plastic bottles in the bottom the lighter weight plastic containers or pond plant containers get rocks in them. I have some really heavy pots to move inside.
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Imagestormyla
Oct 12, 2011 3:35 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Me too. I never stored them here and will have to try to figure that all out now. Thumbs down
Imageeric4home
Oct 12, 2011 9:25 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Did Holly mention her concrete trough? Whistling It usually take two. Hilarious! Ric
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Imagestormyla
Oct 12, 2011 10:43 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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I have always left my concrete planters outside and haven't had any break yet.
ImageHollyAnnS
Oct 13, 2011 4:13 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
The trough has the Bougainvillea in it so it has to come inside.
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Imagestormyla
Oct 13, 2011 6:04 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Oh goodness, not up into your upstairs room I hope. Blinking
Imageeric4home
Oct 13, 2011 7:18 AM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Naw, if it over 50#s it stays downstairs, Unless the Ficus elastica weighs more than that. Hilarious! Ric
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imagesallyg
Oct 15, 2011 10:33 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Gosh, nice timely thread! I almost missed it but I had a hunch..

Ronnie, you have a way with containers, and their photos !

Concrete bougie pot LOL, I know the one, it's gotta be something. !

The biggest thing to come in here will be Plumeria, in a fifteen ? inch plastic pot. I should get one of those wheely platform things for that. I think I saw those at Harbor Freight for 10$. Hm, I think we have an extra set of "office chair" type wheels in the house though.

I might just ditch my Aspargus fern this year. I don't have good places for hanging baskets, and this is huge. Besides, it drops needles, and the long stems have stickers...If I don't kill it outright, I might chop off its head, major trim the root ball, and see what happens. It makes tuber like things and I suspect it could go dormant easily.

I'll have a job with getting my two brugs in, and i have big cane begonia I might bring the whole pot in to the basement.

I have started filling a table in the bedroom and it looks good so far. I have one shelf under a light and thats good too. (coleus and brug cuttings)

I bought tulips and anemones yesterday wiht a gift card and plan to put some in my two front pots for winter. Hope in spring I get a nice display by the front door. Has anyone tried putting bulbs in a large heavy pot and letting them pretend they are planted in ground? Not forcing per se, just to let them bloom when they will.
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Imagestormyla
Oct 15, 2011 12:44 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sally, I've grown bulbs in pots. Just be sure that they are really planted deeply or they will heave as the soil freezes and thaws. Some mulch on top of the pots will help with that too.

My lovely red Mandevilla hardly grew at all during the summer. Now it is doing beautifully and also blooming quite well. I have to decide what I want to do with that. The basement here has no light at all in it.
I guess that I will cut the Amaryllus back today and put them in the basement. I was hoping to let them dry out for a few days. Maybe I will set them under the roof overhang to dry out.
Imagesallyg
Oct 15, 2011 3:51 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
thanks.

I pulled my Amaryllis bulbs and let them start drying, with leaves on. You've got to get to it so you'll have time to bloom them before everything in the garden blooms too.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageRoses_R_Red
Oct 15, 2011 4:08 PM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
Not sure what to do with my Red mandevilla, either, Stormy. I overwintered it in the house last year without letting it go dormant. I couldn't keep all the bugs off it no matter what I did. My garage may be to cold to store it in a dormant state and my basement might be too warm. It won't be coming into the house, however.
Imagestormyla
Oct 15, 2011 4:42 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Teri, I used that Merit WP75 on it the year before last. It took care of all of the bugs. I don't know if I want to spring for the big bucks for it right now though.

I took everything but begonias out of some of the hanging baskets. I might try to overwinter the Begonias that Holly & Allison gave to me.
Pulled all of the Coleus and lifted the Caladiums.

Sally, I never usually pull the bulbs out of the dirt when I store them on the Amaryllis. Do you think that is necessary?
ImageHollyAnnS
Oct 15, 2011 5:10 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Stormy, How did you use the merit? Did you add water and drench the soil or spray it on? Did you need to treat them outside? You are right about the Big Bucks but I have just had it with the mealy bugs. The systemic I used didn't do any good and the neam oil only knocks them back for a few weeks then they come right back.
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Imagestormyla
Oct 15, 2011 5:23 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Holly, I use it both as a spray and as a soil drench. I spray all parts of the foliage as well as the outside of the pots, dish and plant stand. Then I mix some into my watering can and really soak the soil. I'll do the same thing again in about 2 weeks to be sure that I got them all. Then from time to time throughout the winter I add some again to the watering can. It really controlled them.

The cheapest place that I found to buy it was on Ebay., I got it about 40% off retail there.
Imagesheryl
Oct 15, 2011 5:43 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Ah, you're still struggling with the mealy bugs too .... I'm going to try Bayer's on my plants and see if it does the trick - otherwise I'm loosing two older hoyas, all of my coleus and a few others. They've already spread to a couple of others indoors - African Violets and a Jade tree, that are about to move outside too.

Grrrr...
ImageHollyAnnS
Oct 15, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Yes they are still a real issue and with bringing plants inside the over crowding isn't going to make it any better.
Life is Great! Holly
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Imagestormyla
Oct 15, 2011 6:55 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Well, in that case, you all should invest in some Merit. The Bayer systemic granuals never worked for me.
Imagesheryl
Oct 15, 2011 7:59 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Now you tell me!

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