Some of our tropicals overwinter in the kitchen here in DC

Vieques, PR

These sit atop, or very close, to a radiator, so they take daily watering, but seem to be living pretty happily all together.

New orchid from Trader Joe's, $13.99.

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Saugerties, NY(Zone 5a)

What a nice collection of plants, they all look so happy & healthy.....

Vieques, PR

Thanks to you, for your kind note.

I think some have mites, making leaves curl up --plumeria prone to this. The heat beneath makes the whole group a risky business --one day too long without watering might be total disaster.

Thanks to DW, they survive! The Bower Vine seems to have found its paradise --I worry it will climb the stairs and wind around our bedpost some night.

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Sarasota, FL(Zone 9b)

A very mild soapy water spray a couple of times per week should take care of your mites. About 1/2 tsp. to a liter size spray bottle - but maybe not on your orchids. They don't like the salts in the soap. Misting tropicals that are indoors in winter isn't a bad idea anyway. Help keep their humidity up. If the mites are on your orchids you may have to go get some Neem oil concentrate. You can use it on everything else, too, but it's a lot more expensive than soap.

Trader Joe's sometimes have some really great orchids, and they're always reasonable. Love that store!

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(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

dear jplunket, your plants are huge and healthy and happy you sent me a couple years ago, I pull the card you sent out everytime I look thru my dg friends. You have no idea how much it means to me when I look at a plant that a dg'r sent me.
I am glad you Garden inside as well. THANK YOU! Your inside Garden rocks.
Now where is PR? LOL .. Debra

Sarasota, FL(Zone 9b)

Um, isn't Vieques in Puerto Rico?

You're obviously not there, though, or your tropical plants sure wouldn't have to be in the kitchen!

Did you get the mites under control?

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Vieques, PR

In DC, alas!

Thanks, joeswife, glad you and they are all happy!

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