green leaved euryops - Knowledgebase Question

Pennsburg, Pa
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Question by michele_pail
May 15, 2006
We recently purchased your Green-Leaved Euryops but found out after that we're in a cold zone around 5-6. Can you give me information how to handle the euryops in the winter? Should we build up the base of the tree to a peak with soil and mulch? Should we anchor the euryops in ground and cover with burlap?
As you can see we have a few questions but are thrilled with our purchase. It's a beautiful tree/shrub. Please help us any way you can.
Thank you,

Answer from NGA
May 15, 2006
The euryops is not winter hardy in your area so it requires special winter care outdoors such as what you describe - unless you want to try to overwinter it indoors in a very sunny yet cool location -- preferably a cool greenhouse or conservatory. Some people have had success overwintering it in their home. If you try this, take care not to overwater it because its growth will naturally slow due to the shorter days. It needs a winter rest, so a cool location at about 50 degrees is good. Water just enough to keep the soil from drying out completely, and do not fertilize during the winter. Trim it back hard in late winter to stimulate fresh new growth. When it begins to grow again in the spring resume watering and fertilizing and set it back outside as soon as possible. This may mean setting it out during the day and bringing it indoors at night until reliably in the 50's. Good luck with your plant.

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