Storing the Tropical Plants Away for the Winter

Posted by Francesca

With cooler temperatures arriving, our winter wardrobe has been emerging little by little.  We got to thinking that if we're getting cold outdoors, then all of the tropical potted plants must be feeling it too.  We know how much the farm crew has to do to prepare for the cold months ahead, so we, Frenchies, decided to pitch in and help.

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Well, we've got these silly sweaters on, so you know there's a chill in the air.  I think it's time to start moving the tropical potted plants into the heated green house for the cold months ahead.

1 Well, we've got these silly sweaters on, so you know there's a chill in the air. I think it's time to start moving the tropical potted plants into the heated green house for the cold months ahead.

We've got this giant fern loaded onto the back of a Kawasaki, so let's get moving!

2 We've got this giant fern loaded onto the back of a Kawasaki, so let's get moving!

It's sure looking very autumnal.  Just look at all the fallen leaves!

3 It's sure looking very autumnal. Just look at all the fallen leaves!

Here we are at the tropical greenhouse and it looks as though someone has already been busy putting plants away.

4 Here we are at the tropical greenhouse and it looks as though someone has already been busy putting plants away.

Sharkey, you know that this has to be a very controlled environment for these tropical plants to survive the winter.  I hope all the systems have been checked out.

5 Sharkey, you know that this has to be a very controlled environment for these tropical plants to survive the winter. I hope all the systems have been checked out.

Francesca, the thermostat seems to be set to an acceptable temperature.

6 Francesca, the thermostat seems to be set to an acceptable temperature.

And according to this digital gauge, the temperature is above 70ºF and there is a 15% humidity level - Quite temperate in my estimation!

7 And according to this digital gauge, the temperature is above 70ºF and there is a 15% humidity level - Quite temperate in my estimation!

Franny, I definitely feel a nice warm breeze coming from these heater ducts.  So, all systems go!

8 Franny, I definitely feel a nice warm breeze coming from these heater ducts. So, all systems go!

Sharkey, now that this greenhouse passes muster, we should drive to the smaller hoop house where all of the citrus is being stored.

9 Sharkey, now that this greenhouse passes muster, we should drive to the smaller hoop house where all of the citrus is being stored.

It's good to see that all of the citrus trees are neatly lined up and have a lot of room to grow.  Check out the size of those lemons at the entrance.  I think they are Ponderosa lemons, which are thought to be a hybrid of a lemon and a citron.

10 It's good to see that all of the citrus trees are neatly lined up and have a lot of room to grow. Check out the size of those lemons at the entrance. I think they are Ponderosa lemons, which are thought to be a hybrid of a lemon and a citron.

Well, Sharkey, it's nice and toasty in this hoop house, as well, so I guess that winter storage of the tropical plants is moving along nicely, as expected.

11 Well, Sharkey, it's nice and toasty in this hoop house, as well, so I guess that winter storage of the tropical plants is moving along nicely, as expected.

Comments (13)

  • Hello girls,
    I was just thinking about when the crew moved a lot of plants to Maine and now everything has to go back in tropical plant storage. That seems like a lot of work but I bet the plants looked beautiful when they were out for the summer. Hey GK, what are you up to son? You should be helping to winterized the farm too. Don't make your sisters do all the work.
    Well my good friends, Karen is a little on the sad side right now. Her son Scott just got deployed again. This is his third time. I will be back later. I want to go make her smile
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • F&S, those sweaters look like old-fashioned bathing suits for humans! May I suggest a sweater with sleeves, that covers most of your firm Frenchie torso? Yes? Bye!

  • Good morning ladies,
    Is that the new off the shoulder look? Don't think it will work for me even when my fur grows back...
    That's a great hoop house for the citrus trees and tropical plants sure look cozy, too. You gals are to tech savvy! It's great.
    Karen, all our best prayers and thoughts are with Scott. Of course, you have all of us, too.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Ola-la, off the shoulder sweaters for the Frenchie girls! yes Malcolm's suggestion is a good one, it is getting colder!
    I brought in our plants that need warmth in the winter...oh my gosh, there are so many this year, the house looks like one of your hot houses...wish I had one of those houses! Actually Kitty thinks I brought them in for her, she sleeps and plays under them, thinking it's a great idea to have so many in the house. :-)
    It rained hard all weekend, grey without sunshine...Kitty slept a lot, except for the time she went outside and there was the Red Fox, he heard her Bell and ran into the woods, but not as fast as she ran back into the house...I had a good laugh! :-)

    OK, the sun is coming out and I have to make an attempt to work on a Horse painting for a contest.

    till tomorrow!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I see that the farm work goes on at your place. Sometimes I wish I lived on a farm but then I see all the work you two have to do and I just say that I glad that I really don’t live on a farm. It seems that there is always something going on around here. We have pine trees in our yard and those leaves (needles) fall just as often as the leaves do on the other trees. That makes for a busy time around here. Then there’s the grass, the limbs which get broken during the storms and the drains which get blocked by leaves. Daddy uses the “wind machine” to blow those drains out. You should see those leaves coming out the end of the drains. And you can’t forget those people who drive on the street throwing things out. If I find out where they live, I’ll dump on their driveway. I mean, I’ll throw that trash back to them. Hehehehehe
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Franny, Sharkey,Maddox, Lynn and my glue squad buddies-
    These are beautiful buildings to house the tropical and citrus plants for the winter. Sharkey, we are impressed by your instrument reading skills! It is a little chilly here in the mornings so the sweaters must help. Cora belle has been styling in her sweater these days. I bet it smells great in the hoop house.
    Maddox, we are sending our heartfelt hugs to Karen and her son. I am sure you will help her smile.
    Mom ran in a race to help support breast cancer awareness yesterday. Large turn out and everyone had a good day running and walking for the pink cause.
    She is still sore and I am going to nap and think of my glue squad friends. We whooped it up yesterday for the Jets game on t.v.. Purrs to Delia, Kitty, and Empress Tang from James Dean the persian. Lynn, mom is hoping she can communicate with you soon.
    High paws to all- Abby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thanks so much girls for showing us more of the warm greenhouse and the hoop house that are used to protect the tropical plants and the citrus trees! I love the Ponderosa lemons! Mom just commented on Martha's blog about that beautiful warm greenhouse used for the tropical plants every winter-that was great to see also! Sure wish GK was there to help you girls with all that work! I miss seeing him! Maddox, so sorry that Karen's son Scott was deployed again for the 3rd time. Sure hope you can make her happier and my prayers are with all of you! We finally got our rain returning starting on Friday the 12th of October and it rained all weekend! I had trouble finding places to take care of my business and didn't enjoy going outside much! Hope all of you had a great weekend and will check back later to hear from the rest of you-only had 2 so far! Hope you all have a great day and stay safe! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • I see the color of your coats are very autumnal as well!

    Autumn is in the works here in NH too!

    The leaves keep falling. And falling. And, falling! :)

    Send over Wilmer and Gyurme to give this girl a hand! :)

    Happy Monday..
    gail

  • Hey, what is going on? Where is everyone? What the heck. Come back Glue Squad, come back
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Looking at the two of you and the preparations for winter are great photos. You both look so fit and healthy and ready for a few winter's naps after all the hard work on the farm. The photos are exceptional. Mama Martha's plants are happily going inside it would appear for the winter. So beautiful. Now Maddox, we are counting on you to make Karen smile and keep her from being sad. It has to be very hard being a Mom with kids in the service. Not just once, but he is gone now for the 3rd time. Keep her smiling---lots of "cc" time with you, Gibbs and all the gang. We had a very good omen over the weekend. Our son rescued a lost doggie, who luckily had all his tags. He was the cutest little guy, with the hugest underbite I have ever seen, even from a bulldog. He wondered around the yard until his owner came, as if to say, hey, I have heard of this Warrior Prince Basil, and this wonderful home. How come no one lives here? I told him soon there would be a new family member that he would have to come and visit. After the craft show in a couple weeks, the search begins from the rescues. It is fun having the e-mail list, so you all can get photos of the new family member when she does arrive. Well, I better get busy or there won't be any money for the puppy. I am anxious to hear how the weekend was for all of you.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • ..you are such helpful doggies..Maddox tell Karen we are sad too, wish no one had to be in war zone..give her a doggie kiss from me to cheer her up...bridge over the Columbia river to Astoria, Oregon is closed..hmm..guess we won't be going to Fred Meyer today..rats!..must take a nap..over and out, Cora-Belle

  • I came by to check the late Posted comments for today...
    Maddox Please relay to Karen that we will pray for Scott, and to Thank him for his Service...
    I remember when my husband was drafted to Vietnam, I felt so helpless, it was just horrible.
    Karen you are also in my prayers.
    ~d

  • They can climb well, so they are able to go up trees and other tall plants.
    There are many health dangers that a flea infestation can cause to your pet, putting their well being
    and possibly their life on the line. If you are trying to save money, a flea market may not be your best option.

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