TopTropicals Newsletter / December 1, 2010

New arrivals
Tropical garden moving indoors

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New arrivals

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1221 Jasminum humile -
Italian jasmine

Italian jasmine. Jasmine oil is extracted from the flowers and is imported from India. It has a rich, warm, sweet scent. It is a middle note in perfumery. Hardy to Zone 8.

Tropical garden
moving indoors

If you don't have a heated greenhouse, it is about time to begin moving potted tropical plants indoors when temperature drops below 50F. However, without proper care these new houseplants can have difficulty living through the winter indoors.

There are some things you can do to make sure your plants indoors survive just fine:

New arrivals

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3157 Magnolia (Michelia) x Alba grafted
Joy Perfume Tree. This variety of Champaca is better suited for pot growing. It's grafted and will bloom much sooner comparing to Yellow Champaca.

Temperature

Bring plants inside in stages. First, set them up in a garage or basement that is a little warmer than the outdoors, but not as warm as inside the house. If the plants are moved immediately from 50F to 75F, some may become stressed and suffer. Plants should be acclimated slowly by a gradual increase in temperature. After a few days, bring them into the warm house. Most tropical plants grow best in daytime temperatures between 65-85F. To further protect them, keep houseplants away from cold, drafty windows or hot radiators, stoves or air vents. Also keep foliage from touching cold windows which can burn the leaves.

Light

It is always much darker indoors than it was outside in the yard, and lack of light most likely will cause some leaf drop. Try to place your container plants in the most well-lit spot of your home as close to the window as possible.

Air humidity

Humidity is important. Most tropical plants prefer air humidity level at minimum 40-50%. The humidity in most homes is closer to only 15-20% Ė a level much too low for the plants. Raise humidity levels by using a humidifier or grouping plants together. Placing houseplants on saucers or trays filled with gravel or pebbles and water will also increase humidity. The bottoms of the pots should always be above the water level.

Water

In general, all houseplants donít require as much water during the winter months. Most tropical and subtropical plants should be watered when the soil is almost dry to the touch. When watering, apply a thorough amount. Water the plant until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Never allow plants to sit in excess water.

No fertilizer

Eliminate fertilizer during the winter months since most plants grow very little. Fertilize again in Spring as growing conditions improve and the plants begin to flush out.

Cleaning

Itís important to keep houseplants clean while they rest through the winter indoors. Grease and dust can accumulate on leaves and slow down the normal transpiration. Leaves can be cleaned with a soft sponge, cloth or paper towel dipped in a mild solution of dishwashing soap and lukewarm water.

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