The thermometer on the Porta Hedge reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday, the highest to date. Despite one exploding bolt, the Hedge has held up as well in the high heat of the Southwest as in the rainy cold of the Northeast. Unlike their artificial container, not all of the living plants on the inside have adapted as well to the extreme shifts in temperature and exposure to sunlight. Here are some of the results – none of which seems to vary from the publicly available plant care information on the internet:
As documented elsewhere, we found that the Boston Ferns do not like intense heat and direct desert sunlight. Where not shaded by the solar panels, burned leaves turn brown and die.
The spider plants have proven the most resilient so far and are growing happily when given moderate shade.
Don’t let the name fool you, this plant is not a true cactus. This plant does not like extreme heat or sunlight and it is uncertain whether the cacti in the Hedge will survive the trip. However, with shade cloth protecting the plant from intense direct sunlight, it might grow well in the Porta Hedge.
This plant is doing well except where exposed to intense direct sunlight, which yellows the leaves. With the addition of shade cloth where the solar panels do not provide shade, the Golden Pothos should continue to thrive in the Porta Hedge.
Even in moderate direct sunlight, this plant showed fatigue. Brown withering leaves are the result of direct sunlight. As with the other houseplants, more shade is required.