I have all my plants in for the winter. They are all fighting for light. Looks like I might have to add on next year, LOL.
That's a lot of plants! What are the temps like? I am always worried mine will die due to lack of light but yours look good. Do they do better in darker conditions if its cooler? Mine are in the main part of the house so temps don't drop below 69 too often.
You are outta control, mister! LOL! There's a fine line between a collector and a hoarder, a line I'm trying to straddle myself.
Gary your house reminds me of mine! Your plants all look great!
Here are some pictures when I was in the process of moving stuff inside. Since then I have moved in many more but no pictures yet.
GermanStar, no doubt I am an addict but I am fine with the situation. Do collectors only keep their plants outside and hoarders bring them all in for the winter?
I used to know, but as I descend deeper and deeper into neurosis, I'm all but certain reason has surrendered to rationalization.
NTl, the temps in my basement don't drop below 55. I have duct work from my furnace that I turn on when it gets real cold. I do have a grow light that I am going to have to use this year (because of the increase in plants and their size).
GS, A hoarder?? What makes you think that? LOL. Amoung the dozens of plants I've bought this year, people are starting to give me plants. I had three in my driveway one day with a note asking me to care for them (no name).
Here is one I bought last week. Crown of Thorns "Creme Supreme". The second picture shows the real color. This goes with my red, yellow and pink ones I already have, not to mention the larger "Cherry Cobler" and "Lemon Meringue".
Here I am complaining about having to cover mine a few times in the winter with frost cloth. I'm not going to complain anymore. I'll think of you and know I am lucky!
smashedcactus, LOL! Your house looks like mine! Plants ALL OVER the place! 3 stands full in the west picture window, one west facing bedroom window with a 4 tier rack. My south facing kitchen table will be half full of plants soon too!
Not many succulents but still!
I feel plant deprived! I still have a few large euphorbias and aloes outside but those will come in tonight. My plants are all confined to a small area most under fl. lights. and I still find it a chore to check on and water them. You guys are dedicated.
One thing I am lucky about is the fact that I can keep my carnivores outside all year. I don't have any except a couple Nepanthes that I have to bring in. So at least the only ones I have to worry over are the cactus and succulants. I think I am much too lazy to move that many plants!
Looks a slightly hazardous household with so many cacti in close proximity to living areas!
On subject of light for overwintering cacti, they can be safely kept in complete darkness, as long as totally dry and should be on the cool side. I had a cardboad box full of cacti in a self storage centre for about 3 months one winter after a house move, they were all fine except a couple that had shrivelled up. Even some pots of tiny seedlings came through OK.
Would you by any chance be willing to spare a piece of the yellow Christmas for postage or a possible trade? I have been looking for one for awhile. Thanks.
Funny, I always think of December as prime flowering time for succulents, or at least the start of it. Looking at it that way (which makes sense given our climate), Mammillaria plumosa is usually the first of the Mamms to go. Pictured late November and still going strong.
Even though we haven't had proper rain for 8 months, a lot of plants are waking up. The jades are budding like crazy. The Echeverias are active (about 15 in bud or bloom at the moment). 8 of those are propagations from October I was hoping would skip a season. The aloes are going at it too. Aeonium Cyclops has started. All things considered I'm amazed they're able to do it. It's very dry out there.
Speaking of which, the last two pictures show Aloe congolensis before and 24 hours after watering. The plant continues to plump up and recovers about 80% of its green color over the next 2-3 days. By the end of a month it's back to the brown, shriveled state again. Natural cycle, all good. Succulents are amazing that way.
Your aloe looks like it has a nice fat bud even in the dry conditions. It is extremely dry here in Phoenix also. No rain in so long. However, they are predicting rain here in the next few days. I really how so!
Aren't the rocks to plant in fun? I have a few. Here's a photo I planted with an Aloe 'Pepe'.
If I imagine correctly, you'll know it's all going according to plan when little Pepitos pop up around the sides. That is a nice little plant.
The pumice pots dry out very fast (faster than clay)... great for a rot-susceptible plant, so I can leave the Mammillaria out in the winter rain and there's no problem.
Speaking of which, the rainy season officially began last night and it's still going. I'm totally transfixed. Rain is pretty cool. I guess you're getting that same storm your way too.
The only two plants in my "winter quarters" (thread topic) at the moment are a Cyphostemma and a Pachypodium, both dormant. They get the protection of an overhang. Everybody else is out there getting scrubbed clean for the first time in a long while.
Yes, it's the same here. Yesterday we had a great soaking rain that was so badly needed. Now I hope it doesn't get too cold because I have some cacti that are not protected from the rain and it they get too cold that will be rotting environment for sure! There is always something to worry about!
No kidding. Hail, for example. The softer skinned plants are scarred from an episode we had the other day. Agave attenuata pictured with pitted leaves.
Second picture here completes the congolensis series, showing a plump happy plant after the rain. If you look carefully around the edges, you can see weed seedlings sprouting. The last shot shows Aloe Hercules, which just endured an 8 month drought with no irrigation.
Well, A. Hercules looks happy now! They are amazing plants.