Outside growing

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
Chicken manure definitely keeps the squirrels away! Works for about 2 weeks, then you need fresh manure. Put it in a little bowl so it won't over-fertilize the CP soil.

Lucky I checked my weather app before I went for a walk yesterday. Severe weather warning with 100 km./hr. gusts and heavy rain. I secured all the deck plants and had no damage. My potted apple tree blew over but my wife rescued it and it's fine.

Very short rain, only half a bucket full. We we're in Sobeys for the intense part.
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
Next 8 days, full sun, over 30°C, no rain. I put my Sarr's against the fence to get morning sun only and watering twice a day. Trying to avoid the "crispies".
 

dwgrant

Sprout
Next 8 days, full sun, over 30°C, no rain. I put my Sarr's against the fence to get morning sun only and watering twice a day. Trying to avoid the "crispies".
Thanks. I was wondering if I should move my plants out of full sun for the next week for the "heat event". I usually let the trays go dry for a couple of days between filling, but I'll be trying to keep things from drying out for the next week.
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
Never let more than the most superficial layer of soil become dry and even that for a few hours at most. If you can have the water level right at soil level, they can withstand full sun during a heat wave. In my 17" pots, I have trouble keeping them moist in this weather.
 

dwgrant

Sprout
Thanks Lloyd. My trays are only about 3 inches deep and the pots about 10 inches deep. I'll move them to a location where they will get about 5 hours of direct sun while the temps are 30 or more.
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
As long as the new growth has good turgour and the tips of the old growth are green and springy you're ok.
 

Sloppysponge

Carnivorous Plant Addict
So my micro-bog pots that are 17" diameter are completely flooded with all the rain we have had, my pots are in the ground at the community garden that has full sun all day. Do you guys think I should be digging them out or keeping them extremely wet?
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
If you keep the water level at soil level, they should be able to take full sun in a heat wave. Just monitor the leaves/pitchers. Later on let the water level go down to aerate the roots.
 

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
The tips/edges of my sarrs are totally crispy. They're in 5.5" pots sitting in a 1020 tray. I'll probably move them into a bin to maintain a higher water level.
 

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I'll also position mine against the fence. Right now they're getting like 6-8 hours of direct sun (haven't full kept track but basically around noon onwards until the sun really starts to dip).
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
Here's my setup in my garage. The thermostat has a separate thermocouple sticking out to the left. It's set to 33°F, with a 1°F Hysteresis. It's away from the heater so the heater won't turn itself off when the garage is still cold. The heater is an outdoor model with a thermostat that goes to below freezing. It has 3 settings, low for mild weather and high for really cold. It is strongly built for outside with a grill, a tip off-switch and an overheat switch.
The overheat switch is in the top and annoyingly turns the heater off when the garage is still cold. So I drilled 2 3/8" holes and nibbled 2 slots to cool down the unit so it will stay on and heat the garage and yet won't overheat.
 

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H2O

Administrator
Staff member
Very cool Lloyd! It always enlighting to see how other people control temperature in their grow areas or over winter areas. Many people will just mention they heat or cool an area without the specifics on how they do it.
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
A string of subzero nighttime lows starting tonight. The mysterious fall migration of the Sarrs from the deck to the garage has occurred.
 
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