A HUGE project at the beginning of October each year: we remove
the tropical plants from the pond and bring them inside to the atrium.
Plants that have outgrown their pots during the summer are repotted,
all are trimmed of dead leaves or overgrown areas. We check for
bugs and lightly spray with Raid Yard & Garden bug killer. This
project takes a day or two - the atrium is up two flights of steps,
on the oposite side of the house.
The 55 gallon Rubber Maid tub holds the larger plants. The water
is circulated with a small pump and cleaned with the TetraFilter.
Two medium sized goldfish swim around - it's like a little indoor
The rectangular plastic bin in front of the tub holds marginal
plants which only need a few inches of water.
The atrium is heated - the temperature is set at 55 degrees. It
gets a little warmer on sunny days, but colder on those frigid winter
Because of evaporation, the Rubber Maid tub requires about 5 to
10 gallons added per week. The water needs to be carried by bucket,
up a flight up steps. Filling the tub and watering all the plants,
including geraniums and outdoor plants brought in for the winter
takes about an hour per week.
A bit of work in maintenance, yes, but boy is it worth it on snowy
winter days to see all the beautiful greenery!
<--- In this picture, the Vanda
Rothschildiana can be seen, among our other orchids and yard
plants which have been brought indoors for the winter. In the winter
of 2003, this orchid bloomed
for the first time since we purchased it six years ago.