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Name: Heather
Ohio
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hlyns6
Jan 6, 2015 11:47 AM CST
So I bought some plants this year and they did great outside. I left them alone for the most part. Had no idea what any of them are called. I just made a few planters and stuck them around my yard. brought them into the garage when the weather started to get cold. Decided to repot and play a little with them. I currently have them all indoors because it is freezing in ohio. I do have a grow light but I don't use it often. I have done a little research as to why some of them seem to have lost color. I also have some "stretching going on. I am only watering when soil is bone dry. none have died but some have marks on them that could be disease or pests?? I am posting some pics of what I have going on and hoping that someone may be able to give me some tips. I really enjoy having them and planting them. Helps tremendously with my anxiousness and bring a smile to my face every time I look at them. I just feel like I am in way over my head. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 6, 2015 12:35 PM CST
Hi there Heather, and Welcome! to ATP. So glad you found your way here. Hurray!
Your succulents will need as much light as you can provide, either the grow light, or a sunny window. At this time of year they are in a resting period, so only need minimal watering. Once danger of freezing is past in the spring you can put them back outdoors.

I see in a few of the photos that you have some sempervivum. You may be able to keep them going indoors for the rest of winter. They do not do well indoors as they are an alpine type succulent. Used to snow and lots of cold. Again, use minimal watering for them and the brightest light you can provide. This is their dormant time (winter). When your spring arrives you can plant them outdoors in an area that gets sun and has very fast draining soil. They do not like to sit in soggy soil.
Once they are actively growing outdoors they should start looking good again, and hopefully start producing many offsets for you.

You can learn more about sempervivum here http://garden.org/forums/view/chooks/
And tender succulents here http://garden.org/forums/view/cacti/

Hope this has been helpful? Smiling
Name: Heather
Ohio
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hlyns6
Jan 6, 2015 1:35 PM CST
It does. I will read through the links further. When you say alpine type, which ones are you referring to? Should have left them outside since we have snow. But it's a learning experience for sure. I do have them all planted in that cacti/succulents soil and do you suggest putting them under grow light? I have a picture window that faces south so every few days I put them in front of that for a while. Otherwise they get mostly indirect sun from the same window. Should I cut some of those down? The ones that are leggy? Thanks so much for the welcome and response!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 6, 2015 2:03 PM CST
Here are the ones that are showing sempervivum, the little rosettes close to the soil.
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All of the plants will need the southern window exposure for the entire winter.

I am not very good with the tender succulents. I could be wrong, but this is their season of not actively growing, so not sure how easily the cuttings will root right now. Come spring you can cut the tender succulents back and use the cuttings to start new plants. The old ones should then start putting out new healthy growth. Just be sure to give them plenty of sun once you put them outdoors.

The sempervivum should recover on their own once planted outdoors this coming spring. You can not cut them back, but they should start producing offsets this spring/summer.
Name: Heather
Ohio
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hlyns6
Jan 6, 2015 2:06 PM CST
Ok so the "hens and chicks" are the ones you are talking about. I wondered why the leaves are growing downward. Ok ty!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jan 6, 2015 2:27 PM CST
Some of your plants do actively grow during cold season like the sedum rubrotinctum and I think I see some noid echeverias there. But not sub freezing cold. Above 32F is still doable and preferably kept drier. But as mentioned, give them as much sun as you can, that is why they are elongating or etiolating, trying to get more light. They get the lipstick like red color at the edges of the leaves or sometimes the entire leaf when they get chilled. But it does not hurt the plant.

Also I prefer not to plant succulents in glass containers or any container with no drainage holes, it is so easy to get them overwatered. Their roots are so shallow and thin. But if you really have the patience and discipline not to water often, it may work.

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