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  greenhouse questions
From: "MJ Hatfield" <mjhatfield at oneota.org> on 2004.10.02 at 19:45:19(12235)
someone on this list, who grows Aroids of course, be willing to answer lots of
questions (off list) about greenhouse growing?

I suddenly
realize that I really don’t know the first thing about growing plants in
a greenhouse having grown them inside a house, and outdoors, for years and

in central Iowa, US, and right now temperatures are freezing at
night and in the 50-70F during the day. (Sorry Wilbert but that’s what my
thermometer says, Fahrenheit.) My plants are in the neighbor’s garage (long
story) for another week until the greenhouse is finished. (I hope it’s
just a week. So do my neighbors.)



From: "Peter Boyce" <peterboyce at myjaring.net> on 2004.10.03 at 05:30:11(12236)
Hi Mary

I'd certainly be very happy to help out as best I can. Fire away!


From: "S.P.J. Hoogma" <s.p.j.hoogma at hccnet.nl> on 2004.10.03 at 11:13:03(12238)
Please not off-list; I am interested
Sipke Hoogma

From: Ronmchatton at aol.com on 2004.10.03 at 12:50:18(12239)
I'd be happy to answer questions also. I've been growing in greenhouses for about 40 years. I'm in Central Florida but long ago actually grew in Iowa. You can send questions to me at ronmchatton@aol.com.

Ron McHatton

From: "Susan Cooper" <coops at execpc.com> on 2004.10.03 at 13:21:12(12240)
Personally I'd like to see these online, I will be building a
greenhouse soon and am sure I will have questions too!

From: "danny wilson" <mudwasp_ at hotmail.com> on 2004.10.03 at 18:09:30(12241)
Same here, im going to be putting up a greenhouse soon as well and would love to hear waht everyone has to say
>From: "S.P.J. Hoogma"
>Reply-To: Discussion of aroids
>To: "Discussion of aroids"
>Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] greenhouse questions
>Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004 13:13:03 +0200
>Please not off-list; I am interested too...
>Sipke Hoogma
From: "Jeff Rosenstiel" <jjjj4 at comcast.net> on 2004.10.03 at 22:09:17(12243)
Would be willing to help with any questions on greenhouse growing, MN here
so I know how it is with cold! Moving in 300+ aroids right now today, from
the summer greenhouse to there glass/winter home, as it has been 30s-40s
here with temps falling into the 20s by tuesday, Yuk,
The main trick is to contol you watering with your temps in the greenhouse.
all comes down to how warm your going to keep it.
I have found that may aroid do well in the cool temps here.
This year has been a record cold summer for us here, So most everything I
had out side grew in a temp/plastic greenhouse for the whole summer
Have a Titanum here that I have had for about 3 years that seems to just
like the cool temps over the winter in the greenhouse, I know it should not.
but???? and its growning in soil that is probley not what correct for it,
but it seems to work up here.
I grow many Aroids, including Amorphophallus Titanum here, Even just started
4 more Titanums here from seed that are now a foot or more tall,
From: Bonaventure W Magrys <magrysbo at shu.edu> on 2004.10.04 at 17:37:48(12249)
I'm very much interested. Please tell us pitfalls and pluses you encounter.
What to make sure you get, what to watch out for.

After decades (I started out as a kid) of growing orchids under lights, I
went from miniatures to the point of my eyes being larger than my growing
space as well as my wallet, and now that I have tropical, chill-hating
aroids, the make-shift cold frames and cold back room or basement suitable
for the Brugmansia cuttings, Hedychium and frost-induced dormancy
Amorphophallus dugups among other things are no longer sufficient. (What
the hell am I going to do with 2 Balsa tree saplings grown from seed in my

Bonaventure Magrys

From: "Leo A. Martin" <leo1010 at attglobal.net> on 2004.10.04 at 19:34:04(12250)
> (What am I going to do with 2 Balsa tree saplings grown from seed in my
"Bonsai" them. Succulent growers have learned to grow all sorts of trees
and things with fat trunks in pots with extremely heavy fall pruning. I
think balsa is in the Bombacaceae family, and these respond very well to
hard pruning and limited root room. I know people who grow Bombax,
Ceiba, and Chorisia this way in cold-winter climates. Bonsai is in
quotes because most succulent enthusiasts neither know nor follow true
bonsai pruning and shaping standards.

Dig them up now and prune very hard - to perhaps 10 inches above ground
or less. Fit the plant into a 10" or smaller pot. Overwinter cool and
almost bone-dry, just enough water to prevent shriveling.

Next spring when it warms up, put it someplace warm, and water in 10
days. Wait to water again until green nubs show. If it doesn't leaf out
after the first watering, wait until it's warmer. Grow outside during
the summer. As it cools down, hack back very hard, leaving just the
basics of a branch structure.

As the years pass the trunk will thicken tremendously.

Contact the people at the Cactus and Succulent Society of New Jersey for
more information.

Founded 1959
# Members: 34
Meeting Info: Fairleigh Dickinson U/Madison Campus, TB18, Madison, NJ,
4th Sun, 2:30p.

I won't post personal contact information here, but you can get it if
you go to the site of the parent organization, the Cactus and Succulent
Society of America


and click on Local Clubs in the menu at the top.


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