Every year, when the first cool night is in the forecast, I begin to worry. As my collection of tropical plants has grown over the years, space in my apartment has not. I've brought home a passion flower and the third stephanotis vine I purchased this year (they grow perfectly well in the front windows of the Penthouse), and the tree ferns and elephant ears will come home with me as well. Everyone else, however, won't move far. Last year we made room in the smallest bedroom at my mom and dad's, and the south facing window was all they seemed to require to survive. This year I want to try to make them thrive.
First, however, I needed to clean them up. Better to make sure there are no hitchhikers on them before they move inside. I managed to move all of the citrus in today, as well as cleaned up all of the agave. I still need to decide where the birds of paradise will live, as well as the banana that I almost killed last year (which has grown back stronger than ever). But the jasmine, agapanthus, a larger passion flower, the fig trees, and the scented and common geraniums will all find a place in the house. Sorry mom and dad!
|The locust trees have wasted little time dropping their leaves.|
|This was the first summer for this alocasia. He will be easy to move home to the corner of the Penthouse's living room.|
|Everyone gets two spray downs at least a week apart before moving day. I started last week, so everyone who moved inside today received shower number two.|
|Before spraying, however, each plant gets a thorough check-up. Almost everyone requires a little washing behind their ears, or between their leaves.|
|A little plantlet has already begun to grow as well, so I'm hoping this new addition will do well over the winter.|