Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: I guess I need a spell of winter

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 20, 2017 3:40 PM CST
...more drastic than 2 nights in a row @ 23°F. That's the worst winter has had to offer for its' past 2 runs through the area. Um... what will it take to turn this patch of Kalanchoe babies into mush? The taller ones never make it but these lil' guys are apparently much more resilient. If I have to rake them up & compost them, I'd actually prefer that over conditions that would kill them. The novelty has worn off & I want this spot for something else next summer. We'll see which scenario happens.

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ETA: I'm happy to share these for postage but rarely get any takers... until the older ones start to bloom.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 8, 2018 11:26 AM CST
So, they say to be careful what you wish for because you might get it. I don't think it's news to anyone at this point that there has been an unusual cold spell in the south and although it seems to have killed most of the plants in my mini garden that have been living happily outside since 2013, these daggone MOM babies do not feel mushy, and don't look nervous at all. I think 99 out of 100 are still alive. (Insert expletives of choice here.)

So in case anyone was wondering, it'll take more than 10 days of freezing nights & days in the 30's & low 40's with a period of about 72 hours below freezing the whole time, and virtually no sunshine during this 10-days to kill these things. The next time it's going to get that cold at night here, I'm going to soak that area & see if that helps. If not, I'm going to rake them up in the spring & reclaim that spot. It should take less than 5 mins to get rid of most of them that way, using the flat bar on the backside of a metal rake, more like scraping than raking.
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Name: Kristi
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Jan 8, 2018 4:36 PM CST
Tiffany, it is always interesting to watch the effects of the inclement weather. In my experience, don't give up on your succulent beds totally. I find that if the roots are established, many will come back from the root system.

I didn't heat the greenhouse during this cold spell although I left a fan on. I kept an eye on the remote thermometer in the greenhouse. The GH dipped to the low 30s quite a few times during this cold episode. Today I inspected each plant and find very few ill effects. A few surprised me and the only telling clue is the yellowing of leaves.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see your outcome in those beds. Meanwhile, plucking those tough buggers and composting may be the answer.

(and quit wishing for more cold!!!) Whistling
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 9, 2018 6:45 AM CST
Some parts of South Africa get surprisingly cold, just not for more than 3-4 days at a time and only at night. It doesn't surprise me when plants native to South Africa are more cold-hardy than they're "supposed" to be. So many people--scientists and taxonomists included--hear the word "Africa" and innocently assume that it means the plant must be tender and heat-loving. Many of the 100+ Kalanchoes are neither. lol
Keep going!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 10, 2018 9:24 AM CST
TY for the encouragement! It's possible the devastation is not as bad as it looks in the mini garden, but there's only about 3-4" of soil in a raised wooden "tray." It froze completely through.

Clearly being in the much warmer ground is much more amenable to survival in these conditions. Some K. fedtschenkoi plants at the base of the mini garden are very upset but not mushy & clearly dead like other specimens left out in more exposed spots. And I've had root survival for almost all kinds of succulents that I've left in the ground to experiment. Some have been able to grow enough to be noticeable the next summer, some are too slow to bother cultivating this way. I'm endlessly entertained by "playing" with the plants to see how they react.

Kristi, "plucking" LOL! If I started plucking 500 plants per day now, I would clear spots that are about 8" square, and might finish by this time next year. The entire area is as covered with those babies, literally thousands. But I will definitely compost them. I compost a lot of Kalanchoe material throughout the year, it multiplies so fast!

I do want as many as of these as I can house for winter, but that number is only about 100 cut stems stuck in pots with other plants a few weeks ago.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Feb 19, 2018 2:34 PM CST
The extreme winter did kill a lot of these, about 90%. Scouring the ground with the flat backside of metal rake dislodged the rest. Whichever ones try to keep growing will be the luckiest, strongest of the bunch and I'll keep a few. Glad to have this spot for something else this year.
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These are some of the pots into which I stuck cut-off tops to enjoy their blooms without going to the trouble of trying to preserve more of each plant. ...and these are tall ENOUGH! LOL!
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