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Re: weather/tropicals

Re >I've never noticed any of the containers having problems in the summer months 

>with air circulation....plastic or otherwise. 

Noreen, my concern was for your covering them with plastic during the
WINTER months. Would lack of air circulation and heat buildup inside the
plastic affect the wintering plant?

> Kitty, dont' have to dig anything here at all since the ground doesn't 
> freeze. Do not have a problem here with pots freezing and breaking here at all 
> either...not even the water garden containers.   The plants that I do bring in 
> are 
> all in pots.  Many are succulents (caudiforms, bonsai), Plumerias, and such 
> that do not tolerate being wet or in some cases having moisture at all during 
> winter  (dormancy).  They will rot very quickly.  These are usually plants that 
> one would grow in heated green houses in northern states, with the same 
> principles applying to refraining from watering during dormancy.  Learned the 
> hard 
> way.   Other plants I either cover or bring in during an actual freeze are 
> young tropicals in containers that have not really had a chance to become 
> established.  When I first get a plant I tend to be a bit more protective, but 
> once it 
> becomes established I find that I no longer need to feel that way.  Now, mind 
> you, if we were ever to get a serious cold snap (down to the low 20's or 
> below) then I would probably protect a lot more than I have in past years.  
> We've had some dips in the past month down to the mid 30's, but yet Hibiscus, 
> Bougainvillas, Aristolochia vine, Roses, Phillipine violets, all the Salvias, 
>  a few orchids, some bromeliads, and a few others are continuing to bloom. 
> For the most part, I've found the plants do better when they are left outside.  
> For instance, by not taking in or protecting the citrus, I have a better crop. 
>  Before I would take in the young citrus which bloomed all winter then, but 
> ended up not setting much fruit.....probably due to not having the pollination 
> inside the garage or house.    On the flip side, the Nectarine doesn't produce 
> as well since it hasn't gotten the low chill hours it requires, although this 
> variety was created by Texas A&M for this area.  
> I've never noticed any of the containers having problems in the summer months 
> with air circulation....plastic or otherwise.  I do have to leave the saucers 
> off of some plants so they do not sit in water during our soaking rains, but 
> otherwise have not had a problem.  Many of the plants that I've kept in 
> containers is largely due to the fact that I'd like to keep them to a certain 
> size, 
> and so that I can move things around.....as in the citrus, shrub 
> bougainvillas, etc.  Otherwise they could easily be put in the ground.  When my 
> dream of 
> acreage comes true, maybe then.....HA! I wish.
> Noreen
> zone 9  
> Texas Gulf Coast
>  In a message dated 1/8/2004 11:03:09 AM Central Standard Time, 
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> Noreen, 
> When you refer to plants you take in, are these already in pots or are
> they in the ground and you've previously dug up & potted to take in?
> If you're concerned about cold and they are in pots, you could wrap the
> pots with a bit of insulation. If in the ground, you could add a winter
> mulch.
> I bet you're right about not wanting to be soggy. But would plastic heat
> up too much under summer sunshine, not allow air circulation? Perhaps a
> few perforations wouldn't hurt. I know nothing about Plumerias, just
> guessing. Here, when I want to avoid sogginess, I use a rose cone which
> insulates but does allow for air circulation. Burlap works too, or
> netting that encloses leaves stuffed around the plant.
> I'm not suggesting that zone 5 tactics would necessarily work in Zone 9,
> but possibly some of the reasons behind these tactics would have
> something in common with your situation. I agree, there comes a time
> when hauling things in and out just gets to be too much.
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