2019 Spring is here!

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Did you guys move your plants outside yet?

I just transferred all my sarrs/VFTs from the garage to the backyard on Saturday and trimmed off a tonnnnn of old/dead pitchers. It looks like I lost my B-52 VFT :( but also saw some new growth on a few plants. A mistake I made last winter was not keeping the substrate a little damp. Some of the pots were almost completely dry (maybe 15% moisture left in the soil) but hoping the plants will bounce back.

What are everyone's outdoor plans for this year?
 

H2O

Administrator
Staff member
I ended up moving most of my plants to the greenhouse, my new house doesn’t have as much light as I would like and the greenhouse has plenty. I left all of the species that don’t mind the back yard, Darlingtonia, purpurea ssp. purpurea, Pinguicula, Drosera etc I think I’ll be using the extra space for more of those Genera and species and keep everything else in the greenhosues.

I’ve run into the “freeze dry” effect before, it’s shocking how dry the soil can becomes when they are frozen and there is a little wind.
 

Shoggoths

Carnivore
I repotted half my temperate CPs last autumn and I think I didn't wet the media enough ... I'll see in a few weeks the casualties in hope that more than less survived ...
When the temperature is over 5 C, I open the garage door to let the sun in but otherwise, all CPs will sit dim light in the garage for at least 4-6 weeks :(

Today forecast : > 20 cm of snow ...
Winter does not end, we are really tired.
 

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I repotted half my temperate CPs last autumn and I think I didn't wet the media enough ... I'll see in a few weeks the casualties in hope that more than less survived ..
I feel like this is partially how I lost my B52 - I got it in the BCP order and the roots probably didn't have enough time to establish themselves before overwintering. The soil mix I used was also way grittier than my wildtype VFT so it dried out a lot faster. I watered it on saturday but it's looking completely dead. Pulled up one of the plants (out of the bunch) and roots look completely done for.
 

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I’ve run into the “freeze dry” effect before, it’s shocking how dry the soil can becomes when they are frozen and there is a little wind.
All my pots were fully saturated when I moved them to the garage and they definitely froze solid throughout the winter (pretty sure where were a few freeze/thaw cycles as the season was a weird one for Toronto). Some pots were still moist but a few were seriously desiccated just from sitting in the garage :S

Really hoping everyone's plants made it through the winter!
 

daniella3d

Carnivore
I am so glad I bought my little greenhouse. All my sarracenias are inside of it and it's now 27C inside, whereas outside temperature is 9C. ! Thanks to the little greenhouse, my plants have already popped flowers and they are growing nicely. They would still be in dormancy or barely growing if I did not have that. Tonight they predict -2C, but the temperature inside the greenhouse remain around +1 or +2, usually 4C higher than outside, even at night.

Maximum predicted for Wednesday is 4C! that's temperatures of middle of March. There is not even a trace of buds coming out of the trees outside, usually at this time of the years the trees are starting to look a bit green with new leaves, but niet, nothing this year. If the planet is warming up, it is not happening in my neck of the wood! Since 2007, we break records after records of cold temperatures. As you can see in the picture, the trees are still bare, not a trace of new growth, it looks like winter. If the grass looks green, it is because it was like that under the snow. The only things growing outside are the daylilies.

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Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
That greenhouse is so cool! Does it auto-vent if the temperatures get too high? I'm keeping my sarrs in an acrylic tub. I could put the clear lid on it but worry about cooking my plants :p
 

daniella3d

Carnivore
There is no automatic opener but I bought one and I will make it fit on my door/windows. I bought a Bayliss for orchids with triple spring in case of strong winds:

Bayliss Mk7 Automatic Greenhouse Auto Vent Window Opener


I should receive it next week and will make it fit. It will open when the temperature gets to a certain degree. A bit higher due to the orchid version, so it can be set to open between 75F to 95F. I will set it to around 80F I guess. Today it was 14C in my backyard and I left a little opening on both side of the greenhouse and it was 23C inside of it, so perfect. With the windows closed and full sun, it can get to 40C or more if there is no opening. You have 2 settings to open both doors and it is plenty enough. I wanted the automatic opener because I want to let it close when it's cold in the morning and I am going to work, but I need it to open when in the hot noon hours. Since I cannot come back home for lunch, I needed this. Also if I leave for vacation, I want it to be fully automated.

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Available in Silver, Green, Brown or White



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