outdoor redfoot plants for shadey canopy?

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other red foot lovers i need some suggestions on outdoor plants that could help create a nice shady canopy like redfoot's are used to

I'm located in Medford oregon and ideally any big shrubby plants be able to grow in a bucket or big pot so i can remove them when i take my enclosure down in fall and also able to survive oregon winter. I'm not talking large amounts of snow we don't really get as much as other places in oregon more cold rainy weather
 

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Maybe you could do a banana plant that you can take indoors around October - March? I had one that survived most of the summer until Vern knocked it over and decimated it. I have a shady yard so I'm more worried about cutting down trees to allow MORE sun. I know I will definitely be planting some Fig trees once the enclosure it built. They seem to tolerate the weather up here in Eugene and grow fast, plus my torts go nuts for the fruit.
 

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Maybe you could do a banana plant that you can take indoors around October - March? I had one that survived most of the summer until Vern knocked it over and decimated it. I have a shady yard so I'm more worried about cutting down trees to allow MORE sun. I know I will definitely be planting some Fig trees once the enclosure it built. They seem to tolerate the weather up here in Eugene and grow fast, plus my torts go nuts for the fruit.

yeah mine is pretty much full sun lol and yeah i ws thinking a banana dwarf tree. i worked in landscaping and i know how to winterize them but i'm not to familiar with plants in general.

i will look into fig trees i was also thinking maybe a dwarf hardy hibiscus. the main reason they need to stay in bucks or big pots is because i want to take them along if i decide to move at any time.
 

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other red foot lovers i need some suggestions on outdoor plants that could help create a nice shady canopy like redfoot's are used to

I'm located in Medford oregon and ideally any big shrubby plants be able to grow in a bucket or big pot so i can remove them when i take my enclosure down in fall and also able to survive oregon winter. I'm not talking large amounts of snow we don't really get as much as other places in oregon more cold rainy weather
I think plum and cherry trees can be grown in pots aslong as you don't let them go wild with growth.
 

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My hearty hibiscus didn't make it. Yet again Vern killed it while unsupervised. I would put the buckets in the tort pond to water the plants and I left the hibiscus down where he could reach it on accident.

Oh, also, grape vines make good shade and my redfoot loves the leaves.
 

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My hearty hibiscus didn't make it. Yet again Vern killed it while unsupervised. I would put the buckets in the tort pond to water the plants and I left the hibiscus down where he could reach it on accident.

Oh, also, grape vines make good shade and my redfoot loves the leaves.

and i thought i was the only one who had a destructive redfoot lol so far im going to try hibiscus either a dwarf banana or dwarf palm depends on which looks like it'd offer more shade some spiderwort possibly some hosta's but he'd probably mow them down pansy's and thats all i have so far

my goal is to create a nice shade canopy with plants so he wants to walk around and explore instead of just hiding like he did all last summer but he was pretty exposed sun wise.
 

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I think plum and cherry trees can be grown in pots aslong as you don't let them go wild with growth.

i'm looking for more of dwarf type stuff i'm not sure those come in "dwarfs" but i'll look. plum trees are probably a no for me tho because they grow everywhere down here and its a pain to clean up the fruit lol
 

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i'm looking for more of dwarf type stuff i'm not sure those come in "dwarfs" but i'll look. plum trees are probably a no for me tho because they grow everywhere down here and its a pain to clean up the fruit lol
Not sure about cherry trees, but i think you can get miniature plum trees, as for cleaning up all the fruit, you just need more redfoot torts. :D
 

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Not sure about cherry trees, but i think you can get miniature plum trees, as for cleaning up all the fruit, you just need more redfoot torts. :D
yeah im just a little cautious leaving it up to him how much fruit he wants lol
 

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Make an arbor and let the blackberries grow over it. You know they'll thrive here in Oregon. :p

And Vern is just a turd, he doesn't want to eat his food off of a dish, he wants it fresh from the plant.
 

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In my YF yard there is a cedar tree, a Washington Navel orange (stays small), some alocasia, a very young magnolia tulip tree, and a young fig tree. They absolutely LOVE the figs and park under that tree waiting for the fruit to drop.
 

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I will share something I learned by accident. This outdoor enclosure was getting too much sun for my Redfoots. We dropped a dark shade cloth over the top. Not only did it give them the perfect shade but I wet it down and it holds the humidity.
They like spider plants to hide in.
 

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I will share something I learned by accident. This outdoor enclosure was getting too much sun for my Redfoots. We dropped a dark shade cloth over the top. Not only did it give them the perfect shade but I wet it down and it holds the humidity.
They like spider plants to hide in.

does uvb still go through shade cloth? i've thought about using it but i wasn't sure and mine devours spider plants so i don't use them to often
 

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Mulberry trees may work. They come in dwarf varieties and can be pruned to stay smaller. The leaves and fruit are great food sources.
 

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I was going to suggest blackberry bushes, too. They are all over the place! Grape vines would work well also. If you had a lot of spider plants, your tort could eat some but still have plenty of cover.
 

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Everything grows well under the cloth. We cover 80% of the 25 ft. enclosure.

Thank you!
I was going to suggest blackberry bushes, too. They are all over the place! Grape vines would work well also. If you had a lot of spider plants, your tort could eat some but still have plenty of cover.

yeah im not a fan of a blackberry plants there just a pain in the butt to deal with. Grape vine is a definite yes to substitute for the spider plants i'm looking into ornamental grasses they seem to get bigger and spread out a little more
 
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