October 27, 2021

Maintaining and Storing Tropical Plants

Rainy autumn days are perfect for working inside the greenhouses.

I have quite a large collection of warm weather plants at my farm, including citrus trees and other tropical specimens. Because I live in a four-season region, during colder months, it’s vital these plants move indoors, where the temperature and humidity levels can be controlled. Plants that spent the summer at Skylands, my home in Maine, are also brought back to Bedford for storage. Most of them are kept in one of two hoop houses designated specifically for these plants. They are all thriving, and have grown quite well in the last year - some grew too big for their pots, and needed to be removed, trimmed, and repotted into new containers. It’s a tedious process to put all these container plants away, but a very important one that keeps all my plants healthy.

Enjoy these photos.