October 15th, 2012
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.
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.
2 We've got this giant fern loaded onto the back of a Kawasaki, so let's get moving!
3 It's sure looking very autumnal. Just look at all the fallen leaves!
4 Here we are at the tropical greenhouse and it looks as though someone has already been busy putting plants away.
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.
6 Francesca, the thermostat seems to be set to an acceptable temperature.
7 And according to this digital gauge, the temperature is above 70ºF and there is a 15% humidity level - Quite temperate in my estimation!
8 Franny, I definitely feel a nice warm breeze coming from these heater ducts. So, all systems go!
9 Sharkey, now that this greenhouse passes muster, we should drive to the smaller hoop house where all of the citrus is being stored.
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.
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.
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