Putting the tropicals to bed for the winter!

Putting the tropicals to bed for the winter!

Putting the tropicals to bed for the winter! 1920 2560 Daryl Duarte

The large agave has enjoyed summer in the sun.  These plants require very little attention in the planters which is why we favor them.  However, they are tropicals and need to be stored indoors for the winter months.   Before they come in – they need haircuts!

Use a sharp knife to cut any leaves that bend down or are horizontal.  You want the plant to be as “upright” as possible – making them more narrow in profile.

The monstera deliciosa has grown too – and this can be easily divided into many plants.   This is a tropical vine – and easily roots.  Finding the correct spot to cut, and learning how to transplant is a fun avocation for the dedicated gardener.  And, much cheaper than buying more plants!

Ten new plants were made, and the base stem will have new growth as well. Time to start a nursery or build a greenhouse!

Many of the plants are stored under grow lights in the basement.  These are tucked away for the winter. Back outside after the danger of frost is gone – typically about May 15th.  While indoors, watering depends on the plant.  The agave could go for months without water – as they have stored enough to endure drought.  But, we are too tender-hearted (or one of us is) – so they are watered once a month.  Ferns are more tender – and we just water them as they dry out.  A bit of attention needs to be paid.

My obsession with tropicals began with the echeveria/succulents I started keeping in the 1990s.   They will always have a special place in my heart.  This repurposed copper fire pit (punched drainage holes in the bottom) makes for a beautiful succulent planter.  Off to bed!