care for succulents
HELP an older lady, Hilda, with her garden. She bought some lovely
succulents in pots and has enjoyed them over the summer months.
Now winter is here and we're wondering what to do with them, as
we do get some pretty crisp frosts in the Wairarapa. She has Kalanchoe
thyrsiflora, Echeveria 'Violet Queen', 'Topsy Turvy'
and 'Debbie' and Crassula dubia. Do any of these plants need
to go indoors or in a sheltered area?
kalanchoe is probably the most tender of all the plants you mentioned
as it can only stand light frosts, but even the others could be
damaged by the occasional very severe frost you can get in the Wairarapa.
As they're in pots, the best thing to do would be to move them all
to a sheltered spot, such as a porch, carport or under the eaves,
where there's less risk of frost damage. Also, try to make sure
they stay reasonably dry. Remove any saucers to ensure they drain
freely, as very cold, wet potting mix and water lying for long periods
among the foliage sometimes causes as much damage as frost itself.
Gardener, Issue 151, 2004, Page 26
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.