For those of you that grow plants on your porch what do you do when winter hits?
By Hanni Harel
October 31, 2017 12:25am CST
I do not grow plants and even killed a cactus once. I also have a cat that likes to spend time out on the porch when the weather is fine and she would make a big mess for me to clean up. I am very curious what one does with their plants when it rains and snows.
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• Gainesville, Florida
I live in beautiful, sunny Florida, in the southeastern United States. We rarely, if ever, have to do anything with our plants to protect them from the cold. But, every now and then, we'll get a cold winter with a couple of nights of freezing temperatures, so in those cases we either bring the plants inside, or just cover them up with blankets on the porch/patio.
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• Gainesville, Florida
@Hannihar I'm sure it's different all over our country. The US is so big that what works for me down in the southeast may not work for someone who lives in the northwest. They might have to do something completely different with their patio plants!
• Pleasant Hill, California
I used to be able to kill anything. Corn saved me. It depends on your climate, of course. I live in the Bay Area, where it rarely gets below 25 F, even at night in Winter. I bring my succulents in on cold Winter nights. Snow peas are my best Winter "crop."
@TheHorse I am not usually outside other than my porch at night so it is chilly but not that cold. It is just that here in winter for example a place I went to learn Hebrew had only one heater for everyone. If you sat in the back you got cold and could get sick and I did. Heaters help especially in the front but not in the back. I have not put the radiator on yet, but, I do not have the windows open in winter. It is both cold inside and out here in the winter. This is during the day and at night. It is no where near with winters in Minneapolis, but, there I had great heating in the winter and had to open the winter at times because it was too hot inside. Here I need to keep the windows closed and as warm as I can. We are the opposite in degrees here. If you are farenheight we are celcius. So far we are still experiencing nice days. Around December to April it gets cold and I put layers on and am still cold. Sorry, can't help more than that right now.
• Bunbury, Australia
We built a shade-house as we call it in Australia but it is really too shady except in the middle of summer. The plants grow too 'leggy' because they don't get enough sun. I've now moved them outside but will put them in again in the middle of summer.
• United States
I live in Missouri, Hanni. The weather can be sunny and warm here one minute and the next minute the temperature could drop by 44 degrees, literally. The temperature dropped from 82 degrees (F) to 38 degrees (F) in the space of one hour. I do take my houseplants outside during the late Spring through the middle Fall, barring an early freeze. (If it rains during this time, I am happy because that means I don't have to drag my water hose out to water my plants.) I brought all my houseplants back into my dining room three weeks ago, right before our first frost. Uhm... forgive me, but how did you manage to kill a cactus?
• United States
@Hannihar Oh. Yes, that would definitely kill a cactus. I can't feel "at home" if I do not have lots of plants around me, Hanni. My mother always kept the windows full of plants year round when I was a child. My dad always had two large gardens every year, too. My dining room has become a greenhouse. We can't even sit at our dining room table because it is covered in plants. I also have many different yard plants, too. I have some that aren't supposed to be able to be grown where I live. They are all healthy and beautiful! (I wrote a discussion about my yard plants a year or two ago, if you are interested.)