It is a lovely day here in Hawkesbury, On. 4 outside and sunny. It is 29 in my greenhouse and all looks well, however I lost all of my Brugs. Does anyone happen to have too many cuttings that they might send me if I supply a sase?
Thanks and a very good growing season to you all.
You can overwinter them in a cool greenhouse BUT you can't let them get to freezing levels. They must be dry when they go in and water sparingly. It's best to take cuttings of all of them, bring them into the house, in a cooler room and overwinter them there. Buy some concentrated Neem oil, dilute it as per instructions and spray with that. I have been overwintering brugs for many, many years, so many I can't count now. Sometimes I lose a few, but not many. I am also very fortunate to have a conservatory too, but it's full of orchids, brugs, tropicals etc.
For those of you who remember my Boxer, Oscar, he passed away at the end of November. It was a sad day but he lived much longer than anyone expected. Last Saturday I picked up Beau from a breeder on Galiano Island. He's 8 week old boxer baby.
I am so very sorry to hear about Oscar, Jeanne, I remember the weekend of the round up when you "camped" at my place and how Oscar had separation anxiety problems - he was lovely anyway ! The new puppy looks just as adorable !
PS How is Rob doing ?
Both the Victoria RU and the Denman RU were fun, weren't they? Someone needs to plan another one. The Denman Garden Tour is back this year but it's Mothers Day weekend instead of Father's Day weekend. They're only go to do it every other year.
I am surprised the Denman Island tour is on Mother's Day weekend as the Conservatory of Music tour is always on that weekend in Victoria as well and that's a biggy.
I may be looking for brug cuttings myself this year as I got a bit too blase last fall and didn't take enough care when putting them to bed for the winter. It looks like all the ones in the garage are goners and only the two in the greenhouse and one in the house have survived. Some of the ones in the garage may come back from the roots but it will be October before I see any blooms from them !
(DH says I had too many anyway - what does he know LOL !)
I am jealous that brugcrazy is talking about putting plants outside. It will be awhile before I can do that. Right now I will have to be content with the plants in the greenhouse. Heather, are you saying that my brugs might come back from the roots?
April, I put my brugs in my unheated garage after digging them up in the fall and most of them survive the winter (remember that I am on Vancouver island) but it has been exceptionally cold this year and when I scrape the bark, there is no green showing. The pots did not freeze however so I have high hopes of them coming back from the roots (it has happened before).
Jeanne, what are April's chances of having her brugs return from the roots ?
It depends how cold and wet they got. If they got too wet and rotted, no chance. I have left brugs outside in the ground all winter here ( Vancouver Island) and had them come back from the roots BUT as Heather says, they don't bloom until October. I have brugs blooming in the greenhouse now and in the conservatory. Usually I put them out the end of April, middle of May but who knows this year. Everything is much cooler. I will probably have some cuttings, not rooted to share. I don't have nearly as many as I used to as they took up way too much room but I still have at least 40-50. I have expanded my orchid collection. It's doing great. They're in the kitchen window and in the conservatory. I think I have 40+ orchids now and quite a few hoyas.
Thanks for the help guys. I put my brugs in the cold room and I know that they didn't freeze. I forgot to give them a sip of water now and then. As in Heather's case there is no green when I scape the bark. I will cross my fingers.