putting plants outside for the summer

Linda Foulis lmf@beautifulblooms.ab.ca
Wed, 04 Jul 2007 06:23:04 PDT
Hello All,
We're enjoying a wonderful start to summer up here in Okotoks.  It's a shame
it goes by so quickly.
Every summer I haul all of my tender plants from the basement to the great
outdoors.  I figure that 4 months of fresh air and real sun is better than
nothing.  However I'm starting to think that I should build some sort of
enclosure for them for more even temperatures if nothing else.  We can get
30+C / 80+F during the day, but being this close to the Rockies we cool down
considerably at night.  Our average early morning (6am) temperatures are
about 10C / 50F.  I had placed one hippeastrum outdoors that had a bud
developing, however having been outside for a week it had stopped showing
any signs of growth.  I'm thinking our nights are just too cool and I've
brought it back in the house to see if the bud will start to grow again.
I can easily convert one of my cold frames to a bulb frame and sink the pots
in sand, this frame would probably have to be lidded as well I'm thinking,
so that I can keep the temps a little more consistent over night.
Any thoughts on this?

Linda Foulis
Okotoks, Alberta
Zone 3

After many many years of waiting my Japanese Iris has bloomed for the first
time, and has become Siberian.  Very disappointed!  My martagon from seed
blooming for the first time this year is making up for it.

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