The Q&A Archives: "green-leaved Euryops" Winter Precautions

Question: Regarding our 5-foot-tall "Green Leaved Euryops" which was bought from a local nursey 5-months-ago and was planted directly in front of our house: What winter precautions do we need to take (we live about 90 miles north of Phialdelphia, PA)? Do we need to bring the plant indoors for the winter months i.e. November through April?

Answer: Euryops pectinatus 'Viridis'is not winter hardy, it withstands only temperatures in the mid-twenties or so. For this reason many gardeners will treat it as a fetured annual and replace it each year especially if it is planted in the ground rather than maintained as a containerized patio tree. At this point, especially since we have had some colder temperatures already, I am not at all certain you will be able to dig it up, pot it, and keep it healthy over the winter. If you are determined to try, you would need to shear back the top, dig it up, root prune sufficiently to make a tidy rootball, plant it in a pot of soilless planting mix, and bring it inside to sheltered area. You could try keeping it either quite cool and resting in a basement or garage, or try to keep it growing more actively in for example a sunroom situation with very bright light at cool to normal household temperatures. Take care not to overwater and do not fertilize it during the winter months. Next spring, gardually reacclimate it to the outdoors and begin watering and fertilizing more generously as it begins to grow more vigorously with the season. I'm sorry I can't be more encouraging, but good luck with your euryops!

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