Growing outdoor plants indoors
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Topic: Growing outdoor plants indoors
Posted By: NickF
Subject: Growing outdoor plants indoors
Date Posted: Nov-10-2010 at 4:35pm
As you may guess I am quite new to gardening. I reside in the central Okanagan so the climate is a little different than the northwest but never the less.
My question if wether you can take seasonal outdoor plants and pot them indoors? I planted 2 Ipomoea tricolor plants in a small planterbox in july, they did quite well and the vine's grew to about 3ft in length. As the weather changed and we started to get frost I repoted them in seperate pots and braught them indoors.
The smaller of the 2 lasted a little more than a week before I noticed leaves begining to wilt, then just about a week ago I started to see weblike silk on branches and leaves. The larger of one was still going strong untill a few days ago when I noticed the same silky webs.
I am shure it is some sort of disease, but is it due to bringing them indoors? Would they survive through the winter if it was taken care of, and is it possible to spread to my fig tree's? They are all in close proxcimity to one another, and semi iluminated with the light from my aerogarden.
If anybody care's to take the time to read through my excesivly long post and can help me out I would much appreciate it, thank you in advance
Posted By: DebbieTT
Date Posted: Nov-10-2010 at 4:52pm
These are annuals so they die at the end of the growing season. So toss them out with no worries.
Posted By: greenmann
Date Posted: Nov-11-2010 at 5:02pm
You may be seeing spidermites, a tiny little spider like creature that nips and sucks at the underside of the leaves. They leave those tell tale spider like webs all over their host plants. These are rarely much of a problem outside, but when you bring them in they can be a major pest because the conditions suit them well, and there are no predators to control them. This can result in an exponential reproduction rate, and the results you see there.
Morningglory seem particularly prone to this kind of thing. And though they are annuals, they should be long lived enough that if you planted them in July you could get a few more months out of them if they were healthy. The problem is, they are simply way too delicate to deal with indoor culture- first they are susceptible to a number of indoor bugs (not just the mites, but aphids, fungus gnats, white fly, scale and a few others), and really need full sun to be happy. Indoors, even by a south facing window, is pushing their sun tolerance quite a bit. Unless you have them in a greenhouse type conservatory, they are going to be stressed from a lack of light, which in turn will make them more susceptible to the bugs... and so you see the problem.
For what it's worth, few outdoor annuals do well inside. Other than geraniums and some of the begonias, for the most part what I grow outside stays out there.
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