Can they thrive in my living room?

newgen(9 Central California)November 18, 2009

Lately temps have been in the 40-50s at night. I've put my plumies indoor in the living room, next to a southfacing window, lots of sun during the day. I figure the living room is just as good as a greenhouse (which I don't have, and was thinking of getting one). Indoor temp never goes below 70. Any cons to keeping them like I described?

Thanks,

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meyermike_1micha(5)

No....Actually, the only con I can think of is that you might get spidermites...But you might luck out and be one of the few that does not though. Keep your fingers crossed.

In fact they will probably continue to grow all winter at those temps and in a sunny window, just at a much slower rate, much slower than mine for sure..
I do not know how low the sun is in the sky come winter in your area, but of course they will be more robust and vibrant just as soon as the dead of winter turns into spring and the sun is alot higher in the sky, starting around mid Feb, at least in my area..

Is the sun alot lower in the sky where you live? I am curious..How long do you have to wait before the hot sun and weather comes back to you? I would think alot faster than me, since I am zone 5-6..:-) for you,:-( for me..lol

Goodluck...

Happy plumeria growing!

Mike

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 5:03PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

Yes the sun is much lower on the horizon at this time compared to a couple months ago. But I still get lots of sun because there's nothing blocking my backyard, all empty fields, so as soon as the sun rises it hits the window. When will I get HOT temp? Here in Bakersfield, not til April do we get 70, hottest (90-100) arrives around June-July. Do indoor lights help much? I was thinking of bringing them to our family room at night, the lights are on from 5 PM to midnight, then back to the living room afterwards to wait for the sunrise.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 5:47PM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

As long as you protect your plants from frost and freezing temperatures they can remain outside. They will drop their leaves and go dormant and need only be protected from freezing weather. I am in Costa Mesa and mine stay outside all year.I only have two out of over 200+ that have gone dormant. Many are still flowering and most are still full of leaves. Watering is very light now due to the cooler weather. Bill

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 6:24PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

Bill,

But you're in Costa Mesa, not as cold as my area. I know, cuz I go to Fountain Valley a few times a month. I suppose I could leave 'em outside and cover with some cloth if a frost is expected. However, I like to have the leaves stay on year round, that's the reason I brought them indoor. I only have 4 "plants" all in pots, 2 are just cuttings still in the rooting stage, 1 has an inflo full of flowers, the other one full of leaves (no flowers). I just bought these 4 a couple months ago from a guy in Placentia. I'm planning on plunging the pots in the ground come spring time. Do you have any small plumies (1 to 5 gallon) to sell? I'm coming down this weekend.

Thanks,

    Bookmark   November 19, 2009 at 1:00AM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

Newgen-sorry, missed your post. E-mail me from my page next time you are coming down. You might schedule in a visit to Orange County Farm Supply on Chapman just west of Main in Orange. They have frost cloth and all the best supplies. Ask for Chris Roy and say Bill with the plumerias sent you. He is a great source of information and a collector himself. OCFS us about 15-20 minutes from FV. Bill

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 12:59PM
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counselor4444(6A NJ)

My plumeria has been living in my livingroom for the last 3 winters as it obviously gets way too cold in the northeast to let it stay outside! Every winter I have had spider mite infestations. It's growth has slowed each winter and it has gone slightly dormant (I have experienced leaf drop). But no real damage has been done. I agree that bringing it indoors is not ideal- after all this is a tropical plant that requires heat and humidity. But this is all I can do at this point. This winter for the first time I have put a indoor light on it and it seems to be doing slightly better. But I still have already had spider mites.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 7:18AM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

You have a couple options. I too live in New England..

One you could just cut all the leaves off and store them in dry place, dark if possible, on the dry side. Water only when soil completely dries out...No worries, no mites..

Two, you could let them just naturally live their lives out in any type light, a bit on the dry side..They will want to push leaves..So you could treat with a spray that's gaurenteed to keep your mite population under control..

Mix 1 tsp of cold-pressed neem oil to a pint of hot water with a few drops of Murphy's Oil soap in it. Shake well & add a pint of (70%) rubbing alcohol....continiulally shaking the bottle, spray down the whole plant at least every other week, till spring. Do not miss the undersides of the leaves, the soil, and stems. Everything.

Mike..:-)

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 9:57AM
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bamboo_turtles

I was told Adeniums get spider mites when kept indoors in the winter ??? Is this same technique works well with adeniums as well ?

    Bookmark   December 5, 2009 at 8:47PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

Well, I love these plumies, don't want to see them go dormant, so I built a heated enclosure in my garage for 'em. Temps range from 78-83 for 16 hours/day under a grow light. I even placed a bucket of water in there for humidity.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 2:21PM
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