Mid Atlantic Ventures in Gardening forum: Containers, Tropicals & House Plants #2 October 10

 
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Imagestormyla
Oct 4, 2010 9:17 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Ronnie, Have you considered a humidifier up there?
Imagercn48
Oct 5, 2010 4:27 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
rubyw12 wrote:Wow Stormy - you just blew the wind out of my sails with your very organized system of taking care of your plants.


I agree I'm guilty of not doing a darned thing when I bring in all our plants! Rolling my eyes. We've been fortunate...don't remember having any problems with most of our plants. We always have a few spiders who find their way inside. Glare Then of course last year there was the poor little tree frog who had burrowed into the soil in one pot and scared the heck out of me when I found him staring at me one day when I was clearing away some dead leaves! Blinking Hilarious! I have seen some nasty bugs on one Plectranthus recently so unless I tackle Stormy's method that's one plant which won't be coming inside! I've been watching the temperatures closely and although it's chilly out there I'm probably going to wait another week before I start moving anything inside. I should do some dusting before I decide to start filling up all those tables! Whistling
ImageOnewish1
Oct 5, 2010 4:42 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
do you still bother to spray even though it's raining?
Imagestormyla
Oct 5, 2010 7:00 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
No, Allison. That would be a waste, unless you moved them into the GH or garage to do it. I suspect that you might have some other stuff tying up the garage right now. Hilarious!

Last year we got caught with rain like this too when I started so I did move 5 or 6 of them a day into the garage for spraying. After I washed them all and was trying to get them to dry out before moving them indoors, it rained for a number of days too, so they actually sat outside for another almost full week
ImageOnewish1
Oct 5, 2010 10:02 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
that's what I thought.. thanks
Imagesallyg
Oct 5, 2010 8:43 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I did what stormy said and started spraying. I posted on some other thread here, the Tapla recipe for the neem/ alcohol/ murphys/water spray. That neem seems pricey at 11$ a bottle but it will last me ages at this rate. I did a quart and a half and filled my pump sprayer and went all over my plumie, some brugs, and a few other things.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Oct 5, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sally, I use Neem all year indoors and out. I buy the concentrate and mix it in a spray bottle. It is somewhere between $10 & $12. It usually lasts about 2 years. I think that's a very reasonable price. It is good stuff. Did I tell you that there are experiments in sterilizing voles using neem oil?
Imagesallyg
Oct 5, 2010 9:25 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
sterilizing voles using neem oil?---Great stuff! I am hoping a few drowned in the five plus inches of rain the other couple days.

Anybody ever used Caladiums indoors? I laid my big pot on its side to start them drying, but am tempted to put a few in a pot for inside.
(see, already I am fudgeing on my 'plan' to not have too many plants inside)
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Oct 5, 2010 9:56 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! Hilarious!
Imagesallyg
Oct 6, 2010 6:15 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I could have Sworn I posted Tapla's neem spray recipe but in the thread where I thought I'd find it, nope. Anyway

Tapla's Neem Spray

Pint of hot water
Few drops of Murphy's oil soap
1 tsp of neem oil concentrate
Pint of rubbing alcohol

Mix hot water, soap and neem. Add alcohol and mix more. ( I think he says to start adding the things to your sprayer and to shake between additions) Then spray every two weeks and right before bringing plants inside.. SHake sprayer between sprays, keeping the neem mixed.
The alcohol will provide quick kill of live insects. Hm I guess you could try it on stink bugs.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Oct 6, 2010 8:13 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LOL Sal, I posted your/Al's recipe up on the second post in this thread. Oh well, the more it's posted the better. I was very happy with it. It is the only insect product that I used in the garden all year. It worked fine on the Rose Aphids too. I used it on the maters as well.
Imagesallyg
Oct 6, 2010 8:29 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Sticking tongue out
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagercn48
Oct 7, 2010 3:39 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
Question... Confused I've never purchased any Neem Oil concentrate but I do have some capsules of Neem Oil. Do you think if I opened the capsules and dissolved them they would work? Ears perked up!
Imagesallyg
Oct 7, 2010 6:17 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I don't see why not- use some kind of soap to make it mix with water.
. I don't think my bottle tells anything more specific about it than its pure neem oil.

Wnat are neem capsules recommended for if I may ask?

I found teeny buds on my all green and pink bloom brug that I really hoped would bloom. I have to find a spot inside for it. The weather looks good outside for several more days!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagercn48
Oct 7, 2010 6:39 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
sallyg wrote:What are neem capsules recommended for if I may ask?


You would ask! Rolling on the floor laughing I honestly don't remember it's been so long since we bought them but I'm sure it must have had something to do with an alternative medicine suggestion for Rick's back pain? Confused
Imagestormyla
Oct 7, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I just mentioned the pure Neem Oil because there are a lot of products out there for sale which contain Neem Oil that are tons more expensive. Neem oil is a bargain in my estimation.
Imagesallyg
Oct 7, 2010 6:27 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I was in Lowes, and the young sales guy of course insisted on helping when I didn;t really want it, selecting spray for my indoor plants. And I'm standing there and remember my Neem. . One bottle of Neem costs what two bottles of 'safe' spray cost, I am sure its more effective, and the one bottle of neem will make about a hundred sprays
(3 tsp in a tb, 2 TB in an ounce...) at least sixty I think. Sixty spray bottles of safe stuff at five per= $300 Sixty by Tapla recipe= $77 including the alcohol and the murphys
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageOnewish1
Oct 8, 2010 4:09 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
too much math for me this early... Rolling on the floor laughing all I need is the murphy soap
ImageHollyAnnS
Oct 8, 2010 6:08 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Stormy, In stead of dumping your mandevilla , try storing it dormant for the winter. I've never thought of cleaning my plants pot and all in so much soapy water sounds like it works very well. How long do you soak them? Must try that.
Sally go ahead and bring in your Caladium pots and enjoy them. When/if they start looking ratty just stick them pot and all in the basement and go dormant. Even the back corner of a closet will do. I use the cold pressed Neem it was hard to find and I finally bought it off the internet. Had one guy at a nursery try to tell me I didn't know what I wanted and there was noway I could buy just Neem oil. He was so obnoxious about it when I got my bottle I felt like going down there and saying"See I knew what I was talking about"
Life is Great! Holly
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Imagestormyla
Oct 8, 2010 6:22 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Holly, Would I cut all of the leaves and branches off of the Mandevilla? Does it have to be warm? My basement can get as cool as 44 degrees.

Holly I soak the pots for about 20 minutes each. My tub will hold about 3 or 4 at once. You want to be really sure that all parts of the soil have absorbed the solution.

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