desert rose - Knowledgebase Question

homosassa, Fl
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Question by vscalisi
December 11, 2010
How best to care for it during the winters here in west central florida?

Answer from NGA
December 11, 2010
Desert Rose thrives at temperatures up to 90 degrees but will not survive too many hours below 40 degrees. To protect the Desert Rose from our occasional cold temperatures, consider growing it in a pot. That way it can be brought inside on those few days when the thermometer dips into less than tropical conditions. During the cooler times, the plant should be kept a little bit on the dry side. It won't grow much during the winter months and won't need as much water as you normally provide. If your Desert Rose is in the ground rather than in a container, you might want to cover over it with an old sheet or an insulating blanket from the nursery when nighttime temperatures threaten to drop to 40F or below. Be sure to remove the covering each morning after the sun comes up. Good luck with your Desert Rose!

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