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Re: todays events > acclimation

Thanks, Gene.  Coming from an expert, I feel more confident.  We do lose a
few plants, (delphiniums have not done well for us), but most of what we
grow performs pretty well.

However, we have a new problem. Deer.  The university built a skywalk across
the highway from the new dorms to the campus and it comes out at our
entrance.  The dorms are to one side of the skywalk, woods to the other.
Apparently they also built some sort of service tunnel under the highway, so
now the deer just walk on over every night for the free buffet.  The bunnies
were bad enough, but the deer are making some of the losses serious.  I'm
afraid we'll have to cage some of our beds and possibly abandon a couple of


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2004 5:53 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] todays events > acclimation

> Kitty,
> No... you do not "have" to do the steps you have gone through for your
> plants... but you also will loose a lot less and have healthier appearing
> plants  following the system you have outlined below. Pretty much the same
> as we handle plants around here. Sometimes we are tempted to skip the
> intermediate sizes and pot up to full 5 pint size we use here... and loose
> plants when we do that in may cases. Some plants really balk at that ...
> columbines, when they are plugs, do not like to go directly to large
> containers.
>     We are close to potting up all that we are going to have new for this
> fall. Now to do the descriptions for the catalog.....
>     Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > > pot them up in quarts and gallons.  A lot will eventually go in the
> > ground.
> > Being July, many of these little pots are pretty well-packed with roots.
> > My philosophy:  I don't like putting something like that directly in the
> > ground, so I pot to quarts, grow on a little while until they stretch
> their
> > roots out and then put in the ground in September.  Also, even though
> > may be full sun plants, going from greenhouse to all day hot sun can be
> too
> > stressful.  Potting enables them to be moved to shelter if needed and
> > slowly acclimated to such conditions.
> >
> > This, of course, is extra work, and a small extra expense for potting.
> > you all think this is necessary or am I over-doing it?
> >
> > Kitty
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