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Old 12-13-2018, 09:56 PM   #16
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No, no hothouse...if we did the head guy would spend the entire
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I would love to have a Hawaiian style one, where I could grow plumeria trees, hibiscus, orchids, etc., then a So.Cal Coastal room. There are an awful lot of climate zones in CA but the flowers here specifically are mostly roses, only.
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I would love to have a Hawaiian style one, where I could grow plumeria trees, hibiscus, orchids, etc., then a So.Cal Coastal room. There are an awful lot of climate zones in CA but the flowers here specifically are mostly roses, only.
Lots of flowers grow here, outside a hothouse.

Bromeliads, and hardy orchids like Epidendrum radicans, as well as azeleas, camellias, gardenias, agapanthus, ismene, viola, alstromeria, and on and on and on . . . .


If you're right on the ocean, the lack of heat reduces some choices, but the increased humidity adds others.
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Dave, if your a gardner/flower guy you would love Long Island.
The nights are humid and that makes everything lush and green.

My guy is a nutty gardner, he plants and plants and then plants
some more and ...itís still not enough. He has flowers constantly in
bloom from March/April through October/November...He loves water
gardening as well, only we have Koi in our pond and
they destroy the water lilies.

One year he got 17 water lilies, both tropical and hardy and they destroyed
all but two of them. They dig in the pots and eat the roots.

He took his lotus out of the pond and planted them in big 5 gallon pots
that he buried next to the pond, so that they look like theyíre in the pond.
This way they canít dig in the pots.
I love tuberous begonias hanging in pots. The darn squirrels love to sit
in those pots, it drives me crazy. The head knot loves all flowers and the
last few years has been planting lots of portulaca plants (desert rose)

Hereís the tuberous Begonias. Theyíre prolific bloomers here.
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Dave, if your a gardner/flower guy you would love Long Island.
The nights are humid and that makes everything lush and green.

My guy is a nutty gardner, he plants and plants and then plants
some more and ...itís still not enough. He has flowers constantly in
bloom from March/April through October/November...He loves water
gardening as well, only we have Koi in our pond and
they destroy the water lilies.

One year he got 17 water lilies, both tropical and hardy and they destroyed
all but two of them. They dig in the pots and eat the roots.

He took his lotus out of the pond and planted them in big 5 gallon pots
that he buried next to the pond, so that they look like theyíre in the pond.
This way they canít dig in the pots.
I love tuberous begonias hanging in pots. The darn squirrels love to sit
in those pots, it drives me crazy. The head knot loves all flowers and the
last few years has been planting lots of portulaca plants (desert rose)

Hereís the tuberous Begonias. Theyíre prolific bloomers here.
There's yards in California that look like that!

Hmm. Ever try fuchsias?
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Yes, fuchsia was a favorite of mine...but the tuberous begonia
became a bigger favorite of mine. They have huge flowers that bloom
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Yes, fuchsia was a favorite of mine...but the tuberous begonia
became a bigger favorite of mine. They have huge flowers that bloom
constantly.
TBs don't do as well in So-Cal as No-Cal. They dry out too quickly, but they are pretty.

Ever try the other begonias, like Iron Cross, Rex, Beefsteak? Cool leaves!
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TBs don't do as well in So-Cal as No-Cal. They dry out too quickly, but they are pretty.

Ever try the other begonias, like Iron Cross, Rex, Beefsteak? Cool leaves!
Do you mean coastal Northern Calif.? I'm in the valley & it's too arid for begonias to grow well. I miss lobelias.
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Do you mean coastal Northern Calif.? I'm in the valley & it's too arid for begonias to grow well. I miss lobelias.
Yes, I meant the coast. Inland, it's much more arid, no doubt about that.

I love those shocking blue lobelias, too. Planted next to yellow marigolds, and bright red salvias, and watch everyone scream. Except the blind and color-blind.

Or, lobelias with orange marigolds. Brain still jolts thinking about that garden at Kingwood Center in Ohio . . . .

But you can flowery fun in the dry, away from the coast. Gardenias! Madagascar periwinkle. And many more.
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Iron Cross begonia.
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Yes, my head groundskeeper loves begonias...me, not so much,
but he’s the boss outside, so I have to live with it.
We also love cannas, and get constant blooms with them.

We put in mandavilla this year and loved it.
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Forgot to mention, I love that iron cross begonia.

My lemon tree is doing terrible. Lost a lot of leaves and lemons too.
We strayed it and cut down on the watering.

On the other hand my ming aralia that was very sick and depressed
came back with a vengeance. I moved it from the living room to
the sunny kitchen window and have been nursing it along.
I mist it at least once a day, sometimes twice a day.

This is what it looked like the end of July...
I have since moved it to the left side of the bay window
to catch the sun coming through the left window in
the afternoon.
It gets full sun from sun up to sun down.

Iíll take pics of it tomorrow.
front angle and side angle ...from July.
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Forgot to mention, I love that iron cross begonia.

My lemon tree is doing terrible. Lost a lot of leaves and lemons too.
We strayed it and cut down on the watering.

I found this from UC Davis. I think they adapted the Meyer Lemon.


http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/530-15.pdf


I know sometimes I have problems after spraying a plant with pesticides.


"A virus-free selection was found in the 1950s[9] and was certified and released in 1975 by the University of California as the 'Improved Meyer lemon' – Citrusmeyeri 'Improved'.[10][11]"

From Wikipedia.

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Nik, thanks so much for the link. I read through it, and now Iím convinced
that overwatering is the problem. We were killing it with kindness
we had it directly in the middle of the window... the heat duct is
there as well. I have since moved it to the left in order to get it further away
from the hot air heat...We havenít watered it in two days.

Fingers crossed that it survives. Thanks again, that link was very helpful.
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Nik, thanks so much for the link. I read through it, and now I’m convinced
that overwatering is the problem. We were killing it with kindness
we had it directly in the middle of the window... the heat duct is
there as well. I have since moved it to the left in order to get it further away
from the hot air heat...We haven’t watered it in two days.

Fingers crossed that it survives. Thanks again, that link was very helpful.
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@Two Knots , take a good look at the soil in the lemon tree's pot. Smell it, too. Does it smell pleasantly woodsy? Or does it have that vile slightly sharp smell of anaerobic decay? Is there evidence of water sitting around the roots for a long while? (Stains from salts or iron?)

Drainage is at least as important as water. A lemon tree in well-drained soil will take truly torrential rain, but it hates "wet feet." It's an easy problem to overlook in indoor plants.

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