I was asked to give an update on my jade plants. I guess the grim news is that I expect all of them to die before the year is over. Why such a harsh prediction? Most of the little ones are long gone. The larger ones are still losing branches over time and none of them are thriving. They grew a couple small leaves but then sit around...
I guess the winter shocked them so much that they're not recovering. I guess somewhere inside of me, I'll be somewhat relieved to deal with whatever handful that survives and thrives rather than sit around and stare at a table of jade plants that look so miserable while they're on their way out.
I was encouraged to make a couple clippings but the clippings immediately shriveled before they ever had a chance to do anything.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I probably shouldn't have put my winter clothes away. Heh! There's a freeze coming up tonight. I was hoping the forecasts were wrong and even if they weren't, it always showed the temperature at 34 or 35. I figure that's not bad for plants to creep through just one night. Now that we're nearing this cold night, I'm finding that the temperature right now is already 49 degrees and it's not even 1pm yet! The predicted low tonight is, at the moment, 32. Isn't that beautiful? Now I have to figure out if I oughta shuffle all the plants into the greenhouse to protect them in case it drops lower than 32 - which I'm convinced it will since it's already 49 right now.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I took the jade plants out of the greenhouse yesterday. I still can't tell if any are going to make it. Sure, there's a bunch of green leaves but a good chunk are shriveling up - along with the branches. Heck, I'm worried my main Hummel Sunset is dying as well. A lot of the smaller plants look like they totally bit the dust.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
It's amazed me how many times we've had flurries this winter. I don't think I've seen it happen here that many times in a short period in... forever. Some of the jade plants may have bit it. I certainly did a lot of removing of dead branches. So far, I suspect two jade plants will die. Even their trunk is a bit soft. The rest still feel firm.
Even though I'm keeping an eye on the 10 day forecast, it doesn't seem like there'll be any freezing temperatures left. Who knows though, there's always a cold frost that'll kill a bunch of plants when they believe spring has already arrived.