The Q&A Archives: Euryops Pectinatus

Question: I have a couple of Euryops Pectinatus plants in my garden here in Milford Massachusetts. What exactly do I need to do with (or to them) in order to ensure their survival through the winter? They are really enjoyable, so I'd hate to lose them! How do they do indoors? Any suggestions on that?

Answer: Euryops are native to South Africa and are easily damaged by frosty weather. They are perennial plants, however, so if you can protect the roots from winter freezes, new stems should sprout in the springtime. Euryops are not very good houseplants. They need to go through a dormant period, and the tops will die down at the end of the season. If you have a cool basement, or a garage that remains above freezing, you can store the plant roots while they rest, taking them outdoors again in the springtime. Allow the tops of the plant to die down naturally and then put the pot indoors in a cool area. You can supply a small amount of water to the soil during the winter to keep the roots from completely drying out, but don't keep the soil completely damp or the roots will rot. Good luck!

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