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Old 10-03-2008, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Seems like a lot of us bring A LOT of plants indoors for the winter. Thought it'd be cool to see some photos. As I said elsewhere, I can use it as evidence to my wife we're not the only people giving up half our house to plants.

Too early for this year yet... but here's last year in the garage. And I'm better prepared this year with better insulation and tarps to protect my walls. This year I'll have significantly more bananas in the garage since it's so tall. Most everything else that's not super sensitive is going into the new GH's this year. I'm waiting to see what's taller, my Traveler's Palm or the biggest Banana. It's gonna be close.







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If there is floor space left, there's still room for plants! Right? LOL
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This is last year's pic of my living room:



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Stand by I'm still having to cut holes in my roof to fit them all in...
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I can tell where John spends his time during the winter...
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Fighting insects and convincing my neighbors I'm really not growing THAT other plant.
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If you put lights on 'em for Christmas, don't forget to take pics.
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is it that cold overthere? I put them inside when it starts freezing.
it gets not warmer then 12 degrees the last day and tomorrow a storm. after that better weather
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ha ha!! i live on a corner lot and the law rides by all the time. last winter i had my grow lights on and the law stopped at the corner and sat there for a long time. it was like 1130 pm, i was out in the yard smoking a ciggarette saw him just looking at the side where the light shines through. i was waiting for him to pull into my driveway with a 9 mil pointed at my head.
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ha ha!! i live on a corner lot and the law rides by all the time. last winter i had my grow lights on and the law stopped at the corner and sat there for a long time. it was like 1130 pm, i was out in the yard smoking a ciggarette saw him just looking at the side where the light shines through.
LOL, yeah I bet they had an eye on your place for a while. I can see them busting in to find nothing more than White BOP's, Gingers, Heliconia, and of course Bananas. haha

First year we moved in, my neighbors across the street could see into my plant room at the time - where I had just regular cheap grow lights. Once we got to know them better the next Spring, their daughter confessed to thinking we were growing "stuff." LOL - now that I've expanded I have this glow coming from the corners of my garage all night (I turn the metal halides on from 6pm - 8am for heat). It looks like I turned on the sun in my garage. But I guess since most folks see my yard literally disappear the night before the first frost - they put two and two together.

I just hope I can fit everything in this year - especially since I'm bringing in a lot of the nanners now. Darn Christmas Palms take up too much room.
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When I had 3 reef tanks going in NY, all with metal halides and 420 actinic blues, the local gendarmes did indeed come by and knock on my door. They were impressed with the corals and fish, and one of them and I ended up setting up his own tank!
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lol! yes i was going to introduce them to oscar(oronico) brutus(saba) musella( chinese lotus banana) and of course bubba(chow-sheppard mix) rocky( german sheppard) and sgt( husky mix) and see what they would say about "them" nanas!
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I brought very few of my cannas in as house plants but will be overwintering about 97% of them in the basement. My basjoo will be staying in the ground.

Anyways, I already noticed 6 insects coming out from the soil medium. What spray can I use to kill them without hurting the plants?

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OK here is my office from last year. I will add new pics once it gets cold enough. My large naners and plumeria all get stored under the house.
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Mskitty, I have the same trouble,I just set up a halide system with a light mover on my FRONT porch. It's on from 5 am to 7 pm and the local law drives by all the time , being that I know a lot of them I'm sure they think somethings up and no doubt I'll find someone peering through the glass at some ungodly hour(just what I need when I get up at 5 am). The mailman already started leaving my packages(still collecting new pups) on the front stoop when they've always left them by my main drive entrance!
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John,

Your first pic is what my garage looked like a few weeks back when I moved all my potted plants in before Ike came through!
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I can't even imagine having a Hurricane - scary thought. I am glad we didn't have to worry about any storms again this year; but I'm worried our luck is running out before we have another Hugo.

Moving all this stuff is a royal pain too. The late frost this April prompted me to move stuff one extra time already, so I felt fortunate not to have any storm. Next spring I'm just going to leave it all in the garage until I know for sure the cold weather is past. It's tough though, those 70F days in March are tempting - but they got me this year.
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as a rule i never plant to many tender plants outside till the first week of may. and if i do plant them out before then i make sure i have a big bucket just in case they need to be covered quickly.
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Yeah April 15th is the last day of frost threat here, and it's very unusual to have cold weather than time of year here. Just a freak cold front this year. It looks like this winter will be quite mild if NOAA's climate center is right with their extended outlook forecast.
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