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Name: Thea
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cherryb1ossoms
Nov 6, 2015 3:01 PM CST
Is this plant telling me it's time to sleep? Please let it be and nothing else.... Confused Blinking Thank You!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 6, 2015 5:22 PM CST
It could be just that going into dormancy mode. Did you have this indoors or did you leave it outdoors this week? It has been chilly this whole week, and Euphorbias hate being cold. As long as the main stem does not show any signs of going mushy, it should be alright, just keep it warm and dry.
Name: Thea
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cherryb1ossoms
Nov 7, 2015 7:01 AM CST
I brought them indoors (garage) after Halloween because of my crazy work schedule this week. The root/base is firm not mushy when in took this picture. The soil is pretty dried- I haven't water the plants once I brought them into the garage. There were at couple of yellow leaves the other day and then I check today and saw a whole bunch (yellow). Thank You! @tarev
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Stush2019
Nov 7, 2015 1:24 PM CST
Your plant is going thru shock of going from outside to inside. Normal. Plant is ok.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 7, 2015 2:20 PM CST
That is just a normal phase as Stush said. It will eventually drop all the leaves, Thea. Just keep it in a warm spot. I have brought in my Crown of Thorns too, but it is by a south facing window so it is so far holding its leaves. It got its final dose of rain for this year, last Nov 2, so it should tide it up. All my Euphorbias are in now as well. They do not like cold temps and getting wet at the same time.

It will just resume growing new leaves by Spring. With my plants, I will adjust their Spring day take out time to mid April to acclimate it to the environment change, March still too cool. It will show better signs of life in May. Sometimes, blooms first before leaves. Reminds me at times of the behaviour of Plumerias. As long as your Crown of Thorns is remaining firm, it should hold. So be very patient with them..most of the succulents are going into semi-dormancy or in full dormancy mode, less growing phase is here.

Typically, in our area here, I have observed in the past few years, Crassulas, Haworthias, Aeoniums, Senecios, Gasteria, Sempervivums, Kalanchoes, Sedums, Epiphyllums and some Echeverias can bear our mild winter conditions outside. The only enemy later is the cold rain and if we get that occasional hard freeze in January. I can try to shelter some in my growcamp when that hard freeze is forecasted..or try to move them for that overnight stay in my garage. But it is hard for my bigger Crassula ovata and Gollum to be moved, so they just endure it, suffer some leaf lost but they come back

Euphorbias, Plumerias, Adeniums, Stapeliads, Aloes got to go indoors.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 10, 2015 11:10 AM CST
Hey Thea, your area and mine got frost advisories tomorrow 3 am to 9am ..so hide any other container plants still outside in your garage for now..or cover them if you can.
Name: Thea
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cherryb1ossoms
Nov 10, 2015 1:27 PM CST
Thank You! @Tarev! My COTs are in the garage for 2 weeks now since Halloween. My plants which are my succulents -large ones are covered up in plastic about two weeks ago outside. I hope they will be okay. I have no room for them in the garage plus they are way too big/ heavy . I had to get them all ready before November because of my my long work week.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 10, 2015 2:30 PM CST
Oh that is good! Thumbs up Bundle up weather is really early this time!
Name: Thea
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cherryb1ossoms
Nov 10, 2015 6:05 PM CST
I hope winter is not too harsh this year because I have these outside in plastic hoping they will survive.....:sigh: but thank you again! @tarev
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 10, 2015 7:50 PM CST
Hi Thea, I think the one in the first container the one with pointy tips at the edge is a type of aloe, that is the only one that may be iffy this winter. The last two looks like some type of Agave, those can easily bear our mild winters.

You can still add a little more pumice or chicken grit as top dressing for your soil, to further protect the plants. I have been adding some more on my plants left outdoors lately. I have been putting my succulent containers outdoors, the one that I can still move as close as possible to our house, and fingers crossed after that. Big Grin I am just tired tonight after all this final move in. Rolling my eyes.
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DavidLMO
Nov 12, 2015 12:39 AM CST
Stush2019 said:Your plant is going thru shock of going from outside to inside. Normal. Plant is ok.


I agree MIS - Moving Indoors Shock.
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DavidLMO
Nov 12, 2015 12:45 AM CST
tarev said:That is just a normal phase as Stush said. It will eventually drop all the leaves, Thea.


Hmmm. Not my experience last year when I brought mine in. It lost a few leaves, but never lost more than 5 % or so. I kept it in my basement under fluorescent lights (12 on/12 off) at ~ 67 degrees. This year (as experiment) I will keep it in my Bedroom where it will get West window light.

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 12, 2015 9:42 AM CST
David, I guess that will be the difference, the temperature around the plant and amount of light when grown indoors. I do not know if Thea's garage is heated. In my area, our garage is not heated so it is very cold., but at least much better than leaving the plant outdoors.

I think it has to be kept at or around 60F and higher with enough light for it to keep the leaves, otherwise, it will eventually drop them and sleep.
Name: Thea
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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cherryb1ossoms
Nov 12, 2015 1:27 PM CST
Hi guys. My garage is not heated nor has any windows for lighting. I'm just going let it loose its leaves and go dormant until spring. Just like @tarev- it is much better than outside. I don't want it to died but if it goes dormant ...it will be fine by me. My other COT aren't loosing much leaves as this once and the leaves are pretty green. Some of the others are flowering and still flowering as we speak. I was just a bit worried about this one in particular since the others weren't as bad. My husband isn't as plant-friendly but if not more annoyed by my hobby. I have little kids 7,5 and 4 months so there is no way to keep them away without getting hurt from the thorns. 🤓🤔😖🤕 So the closer they can come inside would be the garage.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 12, 2015 2:57 PM CST
Hello Thea! We sure have a super see-saw of temps now. My Crown of Thorns is upstairs, by a south facing window..so what I see it, the part that gets good sun, keeps the leaves green and intact..the lower part is going yellow..but will just let it be.

I have another container of Crown of Thorns last year, leaving it out in winter..should have kept it in but I wanted to experiment how far along it will go..apparently it can't take the temps, considering that the rains that came then were not as much. Anyhow I still have this other container left, and between the two, this is the one that has been blooming every so often.

So good luck to both our COT's...let's update this thread in Spring to see how it went Smiling
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DavidLMO
Nov 12, 2015 7:39 PM CST
Mine is now in an area between my Living room and Dining room on a table with a South facing window that looks out on my screened in porch. So the light is fairly bright, but indirect. It was on the porch til about 10 days ago. It is blooming and doing well.
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Name: Thea
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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cherryb1ossoms
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Little updates on my COTs sitting outside covered in plastic after I bought them out from the garage.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 24, 2016 9:11 PM CST
They look okay Thea. Thumbs up I would gradually bring it totally out now, we got dry and coolish temps, it would love to feel that spring-like condition.

I brought out mine, it was making new blooms, might as well help it get some good sunshine and natural warmth outdoors, my area getting mid 70's to low 80's daytime.

Name: Thea
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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cherryb1ossoms
Feb 25, 2016 9:31 AM CST
they have been outside in the backyard just covered in plastic. how about the plumerias? can i bring them out too Tarev?
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Feb 25, 2016 10:33 AM CST
I do not know what variety of Plumeria you have Thea. My Plumeria Celadine is out, but it did suffer some cold damage, but it is recovering, and still dormant right now. As cold tolerant among all Plumeria this is, cold and wet is not its preference.

So to be on a safe side, continue hiding your Plumerias, we still have to wait a bit more. It is so tempting to bring them out, but our overnights still cold for the Plumies. I am thinking maybe end of March to mid April. Got to get into the stable 50's overnight at least.

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