Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Frozen extra "as annuals" plants, for the bored &/or morbidly curious

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 13, 2017 2:52 PM CST
For the morbidly curious, here's what some killed-by-cold plants look like. It was 25-22-26, 3 nights in a row this past weekend. Ironically back to windows open, getting mosquito bites. This was all expected, no sympathy needed because I used these plants "as annuals" and do have plenty saved in house & greenhouse but I would have saved more but had to put most of my regular pots in greenhouse because of ants.

Not that anyone might, but just in case, please don't thumb-up these pics, they're not good examples of their kinds, just to make a mental note for comparison to healthy, and if anyone ever wonders, "does my plant look frozen?"

The freeze-burn on this looks a lot like sunburn.










What this plant looks like after being frozen. I forgot to trim this stem like I'd intended, I knew this foliage couldn't survive the forecasted weather.


Many K. houghtonii & fedtschenkoi plants... why they're not a problem weed here.
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Piece of Epiphyllum I forgot to snip off & stick into an inside pot. The extra heart-leaf Philodendron vine was just a pot intended for summer, "as annual," after trimming the mama pot in the spring.
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This surprised me, Agave americana. This plant has been in this pot outside in the weather for at least a decade. It still seems alive but the outer foliage is toast. The leaves were all pointing in a relatively upward position and not yellow before the weather hit.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jan 13, 2017 9:12 PM CST
I had a similar experience. I've planted excess succulents in a sheltered bed to watch their endurance to cold, drought, heat, etc. They have done well for four or five years now. This month our temps saw 13 degrees for two consecutive nights. One night it stayed at that temperature for over an hour. For this area that is abnormally low.

One of the plants that took a hit was the medicinal Aloe Vera. It had clumped and toughed it out. It was currently blooming when the freeze nailed it. I am not removing the frozen foliage and do believe most of my damaged succulents will grow new plants from the root stock. It will be interesting to watch them recover.

Hopefully no one will turn us in to the plant police for abuse and neglect. Green Grin!
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Name: Tim Stoehr
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tcstoehr
Jan 14, 2017 12:46 PM CST
I'm surprised your Agave Americana lasted outside for so many winters. I didn't think it was that hardy, although it seems some mid 20s temps have damaged it, but not killed it. I would bring it into a sheltered location since it's in a pot.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 14, 2017 5:33 PM CST
TY, Tim. They're common in the landscape around here, but I don't want to put it in the ground. I found it behind an abandoned house & grabbed it for the pot but never could find anybody who wants it, or more specifically, wants to try to mow around it. 3 nights in a row of those temps is an unusual occurrence here. A random, single night with a few hours of those temps is much more normal. I also lost some mini garden plants that had been outside since 2013, that had survived single nights at those temps before. There was an inch of ice at the top of my rain buckets! Brutal.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jan 17, 2017 11:45 AM CST
I cannot tell you the number of large rubber trees, scheflera, jade, peace lilies, banana leaf ficus, and numerous others that had to be left out over the winter months. None of them survived. I finally lost the last of my scheflera and peace lilies a couple of winters ago. I have three dead-as-a-door-nail rubber trees out right now. They'll get bagged and put out on the curb when I do my spring cleaning.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Jan 17, 2017 3:15 PM CST
Ken, I hate to hear about that. Is there any way when you see cold weather coming that you can ship me some of those large plants? I can give them a good home perhaps. Gene
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jan 17, 2017 3:24 PM CST
Gene, these plants are far too large and/or far too heavy to ship. Otherwise, I would gladly ship it/them to you just for the postage.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Jan 17, 2017 6:09 PM CST
So, I need to drive there someday? Gene
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jan 17, 2017 9:14 PM CST
Please do, Gene. It will be a great break from your deep-freeze if you visit in the fall/winter. You are welcome anytime. Bring a U-Haul.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Feb 19, 2018 2:38 PM CST
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana stump that was protected by a cover of leaves.
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Not all Billbergias have the same tolerance for cold. 'Foster's Striate' was a little closer to the house but did not fare as well as non-cultivar species B. nutans plants.
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Sansevieria plants, the kind with yellow stripe on the edge. I won't know for a couple months if the roots are still alive.
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Hamwild
Mar 1, 2018 7:46 AM CST
Am I the only one a little sad to see them go? Crying
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Mar 1, 2018 11:23 AM CST
Me too! I try to give away the excess plants each fall but sometimes there's more plants than takers.
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Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Mar 1, 2018 12:15 PM CST
No, you're not the only one. That last photo breaks my heart. Sad
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 5, 2018 3:34 PM CST
I'm not about to show you photos of the dozens upon dozens of huge (tropical) plants I have let freeze in the winter. Many of you would get really mad at me. This year it was the Epiphyllums and Plumeria. Some of the Epi. were 4' across and some of the Plumeria were over 25 yr. old with trunks 6-8" in diameter. Lack of space dictates what I feel I must do. Sad
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Mar 5, 2018 4:56 PM CST
Crying Crying Crying
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Mar 8, 2018 8:32 AM CST
It still makes me sad. All succulent plants take years to get that size here. Smiling Interesting share though.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 8, 2018 9:33 AM CST
I know, Laurie. Believe me, I sometimes wish I did not grow the plants I do and keep plants for decades. I just seem to have a knack for growing tropicals. Don't know why. When I make that move to Vero Beach, FL, the days of seeing huge tropical plants perish will be about over. My yard may end up being a jungle though. Whistling

Anybody need tropical plants? I am, for the first time, going to be dividing my huge Hosta plants. They are 9 yr. old plants and badly need dividing.
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