My H. imperalis had got a big fat bunch of buds which I expect ( hope ) will be opening shortly.
Beginning of next week ( once Sandy get's past us) we are supposed to drop down into the lower 50's, possibly upper 40's over night. It's been outside, so now I need to figure out what to do with it and hopefully not have the buds blast at the last moment. Greenhouse or inside the people house ?
I'll be able to keep it about 60 in the greenhouse, but where it will have to sit on the floor. OR, I can put it in the bath tub of the extra bedroom , it will take up the entire bathtub, OR..possibly just cover it, but I'm afraid of knocking the bloom off accidentally with a cover.
This time of year can be so crazy here....80/90Âº one day and 40/50's the next.
My best guess would be the greenhouse - but I'd wait and see what others think before you move it. I guess the greenhouse would be 'more like' outside conditions - moving it into the house would dramatically reduce the humidity, wouldn't it?
On the bright side - I want to see a picture of this monster - that would fill a bathtub Great growing!!! My one and only feeble attempt with an imperialis bit the dust at about 10 inches high
Well, I went ahead and moved it into the Greenhouse today. With all this wind we are getting from Hurricane Sandy, I didn't want to risk it getting knocked over.
Especially since I found another pendicule on it today. I'll also put some gallon jugs of hot water in there along with running the heat.
We don't turn the heat on in the house unless it get's really cold or is pretty chilly for extended periods of time, so the bathtub is not out of the running, especially since there is a window where it would get really bright light. So not having the heat on wouldn't be as dry as with.
Julie, uhh I have an old, small house...so my bathtub is not like these big fancy garden bathtubs you see these days.Now that would be scarey !!
I may have to take a pic of the buds., so I have something...just in case....
Name: Carol Noel Hawaii (near Hilo) It's all about choices.
Try to keep the light the same as it had outside...and provide aircirculation so it doesn't go into a shock but feels it gradually...like spoiled kids. It's amazing how a plant works and everything gets fine tuned to the environment and sudden changes kinda throw it for a loop if they are drastic. Like putting a plant you are going to ship in lower light for a couple of days (so it doesn't go into shock) before putting it into a box for a week!!!! Then taking the plant out of the dark stuffy box and letting it stay in low light for a couple of days with a good shower and then bring into the higher light slowly.
Yup I have it where it will get very bright light like it was getting outside. Door and 2 windows on the greenhouse which will be open during the day. Day temps will be in the 70's so the greenhouse will be open then closed up at night when it cools down with the heat on. This time of year here it gets like that..warm days chilly nights. We have had a few nights here and there that dipped into the low 50's and I didn't realize it was going to and it was outside and it didn't bother it. But it's for so short a time and it wasn't consecutive nights. This will be at least a week. It lived in the greenhouse last winter and it occasionally would dip into the 50's in there even with the heat on ( on really cold nights) but again it's not for that long. Didn't seem to bother it then so as far as the plant itself goes I think it's fine, just hate to see it blast the buds that are so near opening.
Alka, this is the 3rd pendicule. Two other formed and had buds, but blasted when Isaac came thru. There are two more pendicules growing now. I don't even know how long the blooms last. I do know that every time I walk in the greenhouse, I can't help but stop to admire them.
I got this as a rooted cutting from Carole I think some where around May/June 2011 ??