Hold your water

James L. Jones jmsjon664@aol.com
Sat, 18 May 2013 10:51:09 PDT

A year and a half ago I changed the configuration of my vestibule greenhouse so that one planting bed was kept covered, the overhead pane no longer being removed for the summer.  In addition, I ceased watering it.  A few plants were left behind, out of inertia if nothing else: Acis nicaensis, Oxalis melanosticta, and O. triangularis.  They not only survived the new regime, they thrived; in fact the Acis in particular did better than it had when pampered.  As a bonus, O. melanosticta appears in winter, O. triangularis in summer.

The space experiences a minimum temperature of 15oF (-10oC), which is quite comfortable for all the plants concerned.

Jim Jones
Lexington, MA

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