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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:56 am    Post subject: ideas for what to grow in a south facing porch Reply with quote

Hi

I have a south facing glass front porch, that gets very hot during the day and can get quiet cold at night as there is no radiator in it.

Is there anything I could grow in here year round,

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a child I knew a house with such a porch that was full of colour with what were called geraniums in those days.....now called pelargoniums. However I tried to replicate that in a conservatory once and failed miserably.

I now have a sun-room with very happy succulents that take so much less looking after and you can have fun collecting them, there are so many shapes and subtle colours.....and they flower too.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Sive,

I have a few Geraniums (I'll never be able call them Pelargoniums) coming on from Seed I was going to try them, might give them a go and add some succulents to the Mix.

Are the Succulents hardy enough to leave out there for the Winter?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great many will survive temperatures down to 5 centigrade. I doubt whether many porches will get any cooler except in really Arctic weather! In which case fleece might help. You could get a max-min thermometer to keep track of the temperature changes.
As for plants, some of the succulent euphorbias are very hardy as well as attractive and one of my favourite house plants is Aeonium Swartzkopf, which does very well for me.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yucca Elephantides loves porches and needs virtually no maintenance. Takes hot and cold.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no heat in my sunroom in the winter, and all my succulents seem perfectly happy and I have not lost any, even with that very cold winter we had a while back.
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