The Summer Plant Stand
It's true, I have no greenhouse. However, I have a yard, and several parts of that yard receive ample amounts of sunlight. During the frost free part of the year I have access to as much sunlight as any greenhouse would provide. Unfortunately, there is no roof on my yard and plants placed directly in the yard are subject to all the rain that falls. While this is natural for most plants, it can be excessive, sometimes deadly, for some types of potted succulents. The answer to this problem was a plant stand with a transparent roof.
I am no carpenter and the stand is no woodworking piece of art, but it works. I reserve the stand for those succulents where the amount of water they receive must be under control. The stand is relatively small because all the plants on the stand must find other quarters for the winter and those quarters are limited.
I have used the stand for more than 15 years and it has worked well. I usually water the plants on the stand once every 5 to 8 days depending on the plant. The one group of plants that are not on the stand is the lithops. They have their own stand which you can see just to the right of the plant stand. I'll discuss the lithops stand in the next blog entry.