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Tips for Wintering Over Tender Plants

Echeveria 'Afterglow' with Aptenia cordata ,Foxtail Asparagus and Phormium 'Sundowner' in a 14" pot.

Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ with Aptenia cordata ,Foxtail Asparagus and Phormium ‘Sundowner’ in a 14″ pot.

Very soon, a frosty night will be threatening. If you haven’t already, now is the time to think about which tender plants you want to preserve for next year. You may have limited space and if you have collected a lot of plants, you will want to prioritize your selections. Here are links to recent blog posts on wintering over tender plants.

Wintering Over I: Taking Cuttings

Wintering Over Tender Perennials Indoors 

Wintering Over Roots of Tender Perennials

Wintering Over Succulents


  1. Morning. What is your soil mix for succulents in the summer and for overwintering? Do you use different soil in your winter pots than summer pots? Thanks

    • We create our own succulent mix…we use a heavier potting soil with composted bark (Fafard52) that is used for perennials & shrubs, and then we cut it with it (1/3) perlite and (1/3)coarse sand. We throw in a small amount of plant tone as a light fertilizer. We use the same soil mix both summer and winter.

  2. I know that Origanum rotundifolium Kent Beauty is supposed to be hardy to zone 6, and we’re officially zone 6 now. I have it in a pot. Is there anything I can do to ensure (as much as possible) that this absolutely lovely plant lives through the winter?

    • Amanda, over the years I have learned that when dealing with mother nature, there are no guarantees. Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ requires a fast draining soil and seems to be happiest planted at the top of a retaining wall. I would keep ‘Kent Beauty’ in its pot. I don’t know what you have for indoor conditions, but I would even allow it to go dormant for the winter, keeping the soil from becoming bone dry, and watch for new growth in early spring.


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