Perennials forum: Delosperma nubigenum (ice plant)

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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Nov 5, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Wondering if any gardeners have luck with winter survival of Ice plants.

I will not feel ripped off if this one does not survive because I picked up a gallon pot for 1.00. It is Delosperma '' wheels of wonder fire glow'' reg 15.00. If I had paid that much for it I might would be outside laying my body over it when it snowed. I cannot imagine why they would be so expensive when I see so many of them die in our cold zone.

I keep reading that this Wheel Of Wonder Series of ice plants is supper hardy, Anyone have experience with this series? Any Ice plant hardy in your area?
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Nov 5, 2016 4:55 PM CST

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Never had much luck with them outside. Fire Spinner made it 2 years. You can take a division and keep indoors for the Winter.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Nov 5, 2016 6:34 PM CST
Thank you Bob. It is so big I divided it into 3 parts.

From Frilly's post someone said in a pot. So I put some in a terracotta pot that I am going to keep in a protected area.

Your suggestion of some inside.

I have an area that I am trying very hard to be a cactus succulent garden. A long flowering succulent like this would be nice so that is going to be my third trial area.

This is my plan will report back next year what worked. Big Grin
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Nov 6, 2016 7:19 PM CST
I have two that have lasted several years. Delosperma cooperi.

But I always go into them thinking of them as annuals. That way I'm not disappointed. Most don't make it past two years.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 6, 2016 10:48 PM CST
Hello Cinta, I do not grow that series of ice plant, but here is what I have in our garden, grown outdoors year round.

Our location with our mild winters is quite conducive for them, and I get their blooms in Spring. The long 6 to 7 months of dry and hot months is semi-dormant time for them and they resume active growth and more plump leaves once our Fall cool temps and mild winter returns with some rains.
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Nov 7, 2016 2:35 PM CST
Thank you @Jvdubb, @Tarev I think what would kill them in my climate would be the crazy winters of rain then freeze then rain then freeze again. We do not have enough of a dry period in between those below 0 temps.

The ones I am growing in the garden I got some rocks and made like a pot pocket and filled my make shift garden pot with 90% gravel and 10% soil that should give them sharp drainage.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 7, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Yup freeze and thaw will surely hurt them..but they do like to feel chilled, then getting warmed up, that high and low temperature variance. So in my area, it gets the blooms in early Spring.
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UrbanWild
Mar 16, 2017 5:55 AM CST
I started with them late last summer. Those planted in more sheltered locations seem to have all died. Those which are in the most exposed areas nextvto the sidewalk at the street, seem to have fared pretty well despite the frequent squirrel foraging. We'll see what happens when the growing season really takes off.
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