There you go... SallyO. Another convert.
One of these days, I will get a round tuit.
Very nice Fish_knees! I would bet you will be out shopping for more plants to put in S/H.
What I want to know is, what is the vining plant on the right with the pretty green leaves with purple undersides?
Thanks to SallyO I have bought and planted about 8 caudiciforms in s-h.
Barb, are you going to leave them outside? That is where I have mine. I really don't have a good place in the house with enough light, but I'm a little concerned what will happen this summer with the heat. I had trouble with the Petopentia natalensis last summer (the only one I had then) with the heat. It really did not seem to like it and I had to take it in and find a place in a window for it.
I think plastic looks disposable... As soon as I bring plants home from the store, I repot them in teracotta pots. Makes for a homey look. The plastic gives me the feeling that the plant is in transit (either just bought, or not re-potted yet). Its just my head that came up with these things. If anyone can find nce s/h plastic pots, I'd try it. The splash pans may still make a mess since I have carpeted floors :(
I wanted to bring back this thread because I have been having a problem with the plastic pots here in the Phoenix Area. The pots have started to crack when I try to pick them up to move them. I have been using the edge to help lift and it is just breaking off. I imagine it is because of the dryness here that the plastic does not last very long. From now on I use both hands for each pot and lift carefully.
Also my Pachypodiums (geayi and lameri) did not lose their leaves this year. They have been in the S/H since last spring. Maybe they are not going dormant because of being potted in S/H?
Mine aren't cracking (yet) but I haven't had them very long.
My Adenium's are in the spare room with a plant light on for 12 hours a day, unfortunately with the holidays they were outside and lost most of their leaves with the cold snap we had. I'm hoping to give them a head start. Especially the one "picking it's seat" LOL!
Nancy, I ran into the same thing with the pots cracking. I think the plastic becomes brittle in the sun. I put mine inside a ceramic pot (just one size bigger) because of that. Maybe that helps cut down on the algae too (by blocking light to where the plant food is).
Cool that your Pachys are still in leaf. Most of mine have lost their leaves, except a rosulatum and densiflorum hanging on, plus the usual geayi and lamereis (one of which is leafing out at the moment).
Barb: I had an "Oh no, it's squishy" moment with one of my Adeniums in S/H. There is a soft spot on the lower stem area that developed after it got caught in the last rain we had. The stem is not upright, but leans to the side, so the water pooled on that spot. I'm trying to keep it going now. It is on my south patio and getting quite a bit of sun now. It has lost all its leaves. I also have another Adenium in S/H doing fine in the same spot on my patio. It grows upright and still has its leaves. It is a different variety.
Here's a link to DBG's info on Adeniums. Tom Gatz is very knowledgeable on plants and grows beautiful adeniums! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHlcVDCJ2W8&feature=g-user-u&context=G2b3877bUCGXQYbcTJ33bxnEiUtQ0KCQhauv6O2YpHThCQab1skps
Baja: I think it is a great idea to put them in ceramic pots too. I didn't really think of that but will try it. I won't be lifting them by the plastic then either. I'm wondering what I'm going to do with my Pachys when the outgrow the big plastic pots in S/H. They are growing so well in it. I will have to be on the lookout for some big plastic containers to adapt like Sally O. does!
Baja and Nancy,
I think the clay pot is a good idea too. It might help slow up the evaporation and keep the roots cooler(?) When I move things outdoors again I will start using clay pots as holders.
I have had good luck with the s/h technique. Almost everything seems to be doing at least the same and some plants much better. I am looking forward to this up coming summer to see how they do since they will be well acclimated to the s/h by then.