Outdoors/indoors

Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by soccerdad, Mar 31, 2020.

  1. soccerdad

    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    My epiphyllum cacti, despite being abused quite horribly over the winter - I have just now watered them for the second time since November - are about to flower. Some of them, anyway. As in, they will flower this week. Since no one but me is interested in spending any time in my crowded greenhouse, only I will see them. This makes me want to move them outside.

    But I believe that they are supposed to stay indoors until night time temperatures hit 10C and they are predicted to be only 2C or 3C this week - although it will be at least 2C warmer in my yard. Does anyone know if they would be OK if moved outside now despite the low temperatures?
     
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    Tom Hulse Active Member 10 Years

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    I left mine out all summer until the last day of October when we had our first frost one year and the plant loved it, had many blooms that winter. It was barely covered from above by high deck, but open to 0 deg C temps on all sides. However it was slowly acclimated over the length of the year.

    If it was mine, I would go ahead and try it. How warm is your greenhouse, is it a big temperature shock difference?

    Btw, low water abuse in early winter is what makes these bloom. Combine that with very cool (not freezing) temps back in November and you'll get your best blooms ever, especially if you fertilized and took good care of it outdoors in autumn.
     
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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks.

    My greenhouse has a small heater that only kicks in to avoid freezing; just the same, last week it got above 60F even with the window open a bit and of course with no heater operating. I don't really know what happens at night: I haven't used a min-max thermometer for years.

    My worry is that this week is expected to have nighttime temps of 1, 2 and 3C although it probably won't go below about 4 - say, 40F - where I would put them.

    I might put out one as an experiment. Wish me luck.
     

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