Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Who's overwintering tender succulents indoors?

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Name: Susan
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stilldew
Dec 27, 2017 12:28 PM CST
It got down to -17 here last night. So glad my tender succulents have been safe indoors for weeks now. So far they are doing well growing in front of a southwest window.

I would love to see photos showing how the rest of you in the colder zones are overwinterin g yours.

Here they are on the stand in front of the window.
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Here are a few of the containers so you can see them better.



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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Dec 27, 2017 12:50 PM CST
A few more pots. The last one is sending out what look like flowering stems, but they have not opened any blooms. Wonder if I should cut them off?

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 27, 2017 4:06 PM CST
I am.
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Dec 27, 2017 4:16 PM CST
@stilldew your succulents look great! I'm trying to organize mine - I have too many and I need to make them fit on my shelves and stands. D'Oh!
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I'll take pictures once they are all in place. Blinking
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 27, 2017 4:21 PM CST
I see that you both keep your succulents mostly together. I know that's the safest bet, but I've found that I can keep them next to more moisture-loving plants as long as I water the neighbors carefully. Maybe I'm taking too many chances! Sticking tongue out
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 27, 2017 4:30 PM CST
I think either way would work if you stay aware of which are which when you're watering. Some plants need a lot more water. Others can be watered with a teaspoon!
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 27, 2017 4:31 PM CST
For some of my succulents (such as Faucaria, hiding away in that picture), I actually don't water them at all during winter.

I know you're "supposed" to water them every 4-6 weeks in winter, but I just don't.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 27, 2017 4:40 PM CST
I killed my only Faucaria, Jai. I need to do what you do if I get another one.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 27, 2017 4:45 PM CST
I nearly killed this one when I got it a while ago. I learned that for me, I cannot water them as "much" as I do other succulents, and I am actually pretty good about NOT watering those other succulents.

I might water my Crassula every few weeks in winter and more often in summer, but I don't water the Faucaria at all in winter, and basically use the "winter" schedule in summer.

I think part of it has to do with the kind of soil you use (obviously) and the kind of light it gets, but it seems especially prone among succulents to watering-induced rotting. I still keep check on it. If during the winter months it started to look shriveled from lack of water I would probably just mist it instead of giving it a whole teaspoon. That sounds so stingy. lol
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 27, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Here is a closer and more recent picture.

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Another thing I have learned about overwintering succulents is that it's OK for some of them to look a bit worse-for-the-wear during the overwintering.

I think a lot of gardeners look at plants which have been brought inside and think that because they don't look as beautiful they did in June, something is wrong.

But this is normal. Look at local dandelions, grass, trees, whatever in winter. They persist, but that's it. They don't flourish and bask in the winter.

Even warmer native climates like South Africa experience a slumpish deterioration for about 4 months. It's supposed to happen (to an extent) but our first instinct is usually, "OMG I NEED TO DROWN IT! " lol
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 27, 2017 7:21 PM CST
You're right, Jai. I often have things wintering inside that look a bit worse for wear, but in the Spring they perk right up and do fine.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 27, 2017 7:27 PM CST
When I want to overwinter a pepper plant I often trim off about 2/3rds of the branches then trim the roots and repot it, letting it all but desiccate. This is on purpose, and I know it's what it needs but I have done it for years yet I still fight the urge to put it in rich soil and water it all winter. I know better but I also have the same struggle with geraniums. lol
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Name: Lucille
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Lucillle
Dec 29, 2017 7:34 AM CST
My cacti/succulents live indoors full time, with supplemental lighting.
My Christmas cactia are only now getting ready to bloom, I wonder if that has anything to do with them living inside?
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 29, 2017 7:45 AM CST
Lucillle said:My cacti/succulents live indoors full time, with supplemental lighting.
My Christmas cactia are only now getting ready to bloom, I wonder if that has anything to do with them living inside?


No, it's normal for them to bloom at this time of year. They may bloom 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after Christmas. They're poor timekeepers so please don't tell them--it'll hurt their feelings.

Or remember that Orthodox Christmas is 07th January so maybe they keep the Eastern church calendar. Smiling
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Name: Susan
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stilldew
Dec 29, 2017 1:10 PM CST
Jai and Frenchy, all your plants look like they are doing very well indoors. I need to be more careful about overwatering. My adeniums have gone dormant, but everything else is growing well.
Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Dec 29, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Susan I usually lose plants to under watering in the winter because I either can't see them or I wait too long to water them. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Dec 29, 2017 1:14 PM CST
I just lost an adenium to over watering. It rotted. I've cut the rot out and will re-plant it and hope that I can save it.
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Name: Shea Rodriguez
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Servaline
Dec 30, 2017 4:46 PM CST
Cactus actually fare better overwintering indoors than do succulents. I have 2 large grow lights with 4 bulbs each and when a succulent starts to look a little under the weather, a spell under the grow light works miracles. I sell plants from spring through fall and so a lot of my propagation takes place now. East and south windows are all packed, every square inch, with overwintering plants and starts. To me, grow lights are the answer to a lot of plant problems for us northern folks who sometimes endure weeks of cloud cover and cold weather.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Dec 30, 2017 4:48 PM CST
Nice plants! What is your general location, Servaline?
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Dec 31, 2017 10:10 PM CST
Wow, you have a lot of plants Shea! I have some light stands down in the basement that I haven't used in a few years, but if my collection grows much bigger, I may next year. I also save coleus cuttings,, Reiger begonia cuttings and a few big pots of the perennial gerber daisies. so my little kitchen gets rather crowed.

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