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Amen! The last two days have been heavenly. It was wonderful to sleep last night with the windows open. I'm with you, Cindy, about not being a hot weather lover. How I long for Autumn, but 70's with cool nights will do just fine for now!
Yeah - no early frost allowed.
Hoping for a little rain today and tomorrow - can't ever get enough at this point. Cool enough that I finally finished planting foxglove and money plant seedlings from spring. It's been too hot and dry to plant them out any earlier.
I guess we'll just have to make the most of the lower temps this week and keep reminding ourselves that's it's mid-August - supposed to be hot. Light rain here and hoping for more. Are any other areas in upper midwest suffering high mold counts? It was reported last week in the Chicago area that readings were off the charts. Just curious.
I'm rather hesitant to do any "real" gardening other than dispense worm tea or trim ugly stuff in case it gets hot and dry again. I want to feed my Astilbes for next year and move some plants around. Sigh... maybe I'll have to wait another month. But am liking the cool weather. Windows were open all day today.
At what temps do you normally bring in citrus trees? It's probably been a little warmer here at night than where you are. I'm growing an Improved Meyer Lemon for the first time this year and have it in a pot outdoors. I know (at least from reading) that it can take temps cooler than what we've had so far.
Your IML might be able to take mid 30's or lower but why risk it? Keep an eye on the forecast and bring it in before you should. Remember summering outside is not normal, just a luxury. Given you have a nice place indoors for it, how much better will it be, more will it grow inside than outside at 40?
If I may ask a question - when I purchased the IML back in the spring, it was in one of those tall and narrow pots, never grown in the ground. I did put it into a clay pot, size appropriate for its age. It has put on some new leaves, had a great flush of flowers a couple of months ago resulting in a new lemon. I'm assuming the plant spent a lot of energy on growing new roots this year. When would I need to move it up in pot size? I do keep an eye on the temps and it'll be easy to whisk it indoors since it's still small (about 3 1/2 ft including pot).
DH keeps insisting that fall is coming early based on the number of tree leaves fluttering to the ground. I'm of the opinion that those falling leaves are more a result of stress with the summer we've had.
Yes, stress - dry weather can make leaves yellow and fall early. OOps, might be a pun - fall. If you are wondering about your plant, take it out of the pot and look it over. Won't hurt it at all. If the roots are starting to circle, getting crowded, time to repot. Can be a large debate here at Dave's about when to repot, do plants really need a larger pot, etc.
I guess the debate about larger pots would involve root-pruning. Which forum is the best for questions on citrus trees?
Went for a 20-mile bike ride today and there is a smell of fall in the air but I think it's due to the stress-induced leaf fall since the trees haven't started turning yet here.
Well the warm temperatures are on they way back here.I was looking for a ticket to Greenland earlier this summer only there is no camping or renting there.lol
I had an orange tree in high school I always heard 50 degrees for those and most house plants,was when to bring them in. Things have changed with the plants since then.
I generally start bringing in the houseplants when nighttime temps start hovering in the 50's. I usually line them up for a good rinsing and drying before bringing them in.
I guess I've automatically thought that repotting meant moving the plants up to the next-sized pot. I may have to reconsider that practice and do some reading up on that.
Please don't "blindly" repot to a larger size pot. Not often necessary. Re-potting can mean a little root pruning, pot cleaning, shaking all the old soil out and then re-potting using the same pot but with a new soil mix.
I think I've been a little afraid of root pruning. I can do it with ease to spider plants and plectranthus and lemon grass but have shied away from it with other plants. I think my blue sky vine needs that as it wilts in the strong sun and the soil returns quickly to dry after watering. I'm guessing I'd want to wait until spring to do any of the root-pruning?
I WILL RE POT A TROPICAL PEACH HIBISCUS only as far root pruning and few things I have white willow cuttings and pussy willow (salix discolor) to practice from the beginning as far as root pruning
Those are about the easiest thing to get to root in any form, and they are great for practice. As some here are aware of I am not good with potted plants.
juhur - It's great that you are not afraid to try growing in pots! It was a lousy year though with the heat and drought which made pot gardening a challenge. Beyond the drought, I wonder if the high temps didn't also raise the pot soil temps higher, further stressing the plants.
gasrocks - Was looking up the root pruning thing today and I think that as I bring some plants in for the winter, they'll get a root pruning with some new soil so that they're ready to bounce back in the spring. If I wait until spring to do it, it might take a while for the plants to recover and not do well the first half of our short growing season. Have a bale and a half of ProMix and enough leaf compost to sift to mix in so I'm set for this next week.
"...short growing season..." is a very relative term. Guess I need to Google where you are in IND but it seems to me you have a longer season than we do here. I remember reading about a place (part of Alaska??) where their growing seaosn was 40 days. Gulp. OK - 34 in the forecast. Everything but the Agaves and Cactus are indoors as of now.
Wow - that's a lot of light fixtures. Several of the big plants will come back into the house, a few into the heated garage where it's cooler than the house and some into the heated GH. Seems like I just took the insulation down in the GH and now getting ready to put it back up in a couple of weeks. Supposed to get chilly tonight - around 50. Hoping for more rain today as we didn't get much a few days ago and things are still pretty dry.
30? Ouch! Saw that there are frost/freeze warnings up north. We missed out on the rain last night - only a short, light shower. As usual for this year, everything's dry again. Rain systems just do weird things when they hit Lake Michigan and the IL/IN border. Breezy, sunny and cool this morning so it'll be a fine afternoon to start working on moving pots.
gasrocks - guess that temp marks the end of outdoor gardening for you?
48 in the hobby GH last night. Got the nat gas heater fired up today to make sure everything is operating correctly. Saw that we're supposed to see 40 Sunday night. Got some big houseplants root-pruned and repotted yesterday and they got moved indoors. Moved some more stuff into the little GH today but have more to wash down and bring in tomorrow. Guess I might as well get some annual cuttings tomorrow as well. Did have to water the lawn today, mainly for the grass seed we sowed a month ago.
I guess you have a point there. Today is all about finding room for two large Boston ferns and some spider plants. The ferns do get big and beautiful outdoors but start their gradual decline indoors when the heat comes on.
I buy and sell things on eBay. I even teach a class on that at UW-Madison. Once I sent a lens to Australia. They let me know it arrived and had questions about my packaging. It was sent in a humidifier box. They asked what do you want a humidifer for? They live almost in the tropics. And, I used empty egg cartons for packing. How do you get those? I had used empty 18 eggs cartons. Turns out they can only get 6 in a carton at most.
My eldest parent used to work for a corporation that made paper egg cartons for shipping besides the real egg containers.
I'm a curious sort of person ,forgive if to personal what do you teach? I f it is to inquisitive disregard.
I have a top rated seller rating on e-bay but have not done much there lately, good site though.
You will not find anything there from me right now (e-bay) only I am around there all the time. The obsessive browser I am .
Teaching sounds interesting about that,have had a few photo artists in this family.
Cryptograms sound like something we use to do with base numbers referring to a graph of letters that told what a lock or code to a lock was.These days more like passwords have long since taken the place of that,only for personal use if your password is in a public computer system you could always encrypt it I guess that would be kind of handy for that.
As for me I am a computer scrounger, blew one up recently over running the drivers playing graphics, Much like an old youngster I am lol.
How interesting. DD is a photographer (had her own business) and DH is computer geek, getting ready to rebuild his computer (again).
Will have to lug in the heavy pots by tomorrow - blue sky vine, mandevilla, lemon grass, etc. Now we're forecasted to get into the upper 30's for a couple of nights. Hoping to get rain today to wash off the Boston ferns before bringing indoors. They hang under the overhang during the warm months and don't get rained on so they need a bath.
I will bring the Begonia and peach hibiscus in again tonight, and I brought several seedlings in last night as well. Cooler the past couple of nights warmer weather later this week is a could be more blooms for a few weeks.
Covered the two remaining tomato plants and cucumbers with a sheet last night and they did fine. There was a light frost on the roof of the house across the street but my big oaks tend to protect me from light frosts. Annuals survived just fine without a covering. Trees are starting to turn here. Seems too soon after our horrible summer.
We've had a couple of 28s and a 26. I'm still getting my routine down pat for watering everything indoors. What bothers me is that there is not a single drop of rian in the forecast for at least the next 10 days. Gonna have to go out and water trees. Update - beautifull day outside. 80 and no wind. Watered all my trees. I feel better now.
It's dry again here as well. There's rain south of us but all we got were a few sprinkles overnight. I'm still not organized indoors since I had to quickly make room to bring stuff in without giving some of them a bath outside first. Tomorrow is gardening day so hope to get a little more sorted out then.
Getting a few blooms on roses, obedient plants, Coreopsis and zinnias still going strong.
Only the usual mums and sunflowers ,and couple of zinnia still blooming. Raining all day some yesterday and forecast all day rains tomorrow.
Warm so all will stay outside and plays a few more days.Me too!!!
juhur - looks like your area is catching up on rain. Wish we would have gotten more of that as it passed through here. Will be watering again today. Not that it's going to improve the looks of anything at this stage of the season but hoping to help perennials, shrubs, etc get ready for winter, especially if it's going to be a dry one again.
It was raining this morning still and just quit a little after noon time, wow ,it has rained here more in three or four days than it has all summer. Gets in the way of working outdoors but I am not going to complain!!!,nooo way!! I will enjoy it to natures delight.
You sound like me earlier this year, need that rain.Did you see the 78 and 80 degree temps in the forecast for this time next week. Nice week coming according to that!
My opinion: probably the best overall weather of the year right now. Crisp mornings, 60-75 afternoons. Mosq. are not an issue. No need to mow if I so decide. Still looking forward ot some fall color, etc. I will ignore the no rain in the forecast bit.
We did have an 81 in the forecast but that's been lowered. OK with me. Have to dig up my plants surrounding my small patio this next week. Having big oak with lots of dead wood removed in a couple of weeks. Nerve-wracking since a lot of it hangs over the house and can't get heavy equipment to it. That poor climber is going to have his hands full. Hopefully the weather won't turn too cold since I'll need to pop plants back into the ground after the tree comes down.