by Footbag » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:28 pm
by tannerm » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:47 pm
Footbag wrote:I have a few CPs on order and am starting to wonder how and where I"m going to keep them. I have a few short racks on wheels which I could probably put outside. One could probably hold my current collection easily. In this event, they would be completely exposed to the elements. In the location I'm thinking they would get about 9+ hours of sun a day.
Since the Internet gods know I've bought a few plants and am looking at horticultural equipment, all of the ads I see are for these small cheap greenhouses. For $50 I can buy one which would hold everything I could anticipate having. It would allow for multiple shelves (lighting levels) and prevent a rainstorm from washing away my plants. But I'm thinking it could also risk getting blown over. Also, possibly overheating.
Is there any benefit of buying one now to use for the summer? Or do they make more sense to use during the off seasons?
I'm thinking the greenhouse would be most appropriate for the VFTs and Pitchers, but maybe not the Nepenthes and Cephalotus. Any thoughts would be helpful on this. Thanks!
by Raistlarn » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:02 pm
by Footbag » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:13 pm
by Hungry Plants » Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:59 pm
Footbag wrote:I'm in zone 6a. I think it's a bit too cold to leave out all year long. I could easily bring the greenhouse inside in the fall or just consider it in the fall when I'm preparing for the winter.
I do have a bunch of lighting systems from past reef aquariums, though I think an LED system could end up saving me money on power and replacement bulbs.
I'm still reading up on what's required as the weather changes. It seems like a forced dormancy is recommended.
So it sounds to me like I should just hold off on the greenhouse, get the right plants outside and then reassess in the fall/winter. Sound about right?
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