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Overwintering

Discussion in 'Tropical Gardening' started by Sirius, Oct 10, 2018 at 10:06 AM.

  1. Sirius

    Sirius Total Gardener

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    I have the following tropicals planted out in my raised beds.

    Coleus
    Ipomoea (decorative leaved forms)
    Senecio - "Angel Wings"
    Fuschias

    I have grown them all before except the Senecio. Treat them as bedding plants in that I let them get killed by the frost, and then replace them next spring.

    But am thinking of digging them up this year and overwintering in the greenhouse (min 5*C)
    Is this worth while?
    Or should I just do as in the past and replace them next year?
     
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    Hi,

    Most of my outdoor potted plants survived in the greenhouse at 4c last winter, though not sure about the coleus, did not have any then, but do now so will be interesting to see how they fair.

    Always a hard one to say , save or replace, I saved last year but this time am replacing all but a couple of favourites; as mentioned in the other thread, cuttings always an inbetween method if you have a small electric propogator etc as 5c might be a bit too cool for them unless well rooted.
     
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    The ones I have now or in the past :

    Fuchsias - we take cuttings of the ones we want to keep and treat as house plants over winter. The parent plant stays outside to take its chances

    Coleus - I sow early spring and get a good display by mid summer

    Ipomoea - Ive grown ipomoea lobata this year and taken seed from the plant to sow next year. Not sure on all of the family but lobata is not winter hardy in the UK so I'm treating as an annual
     
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    My Coleus have already been frosted, I have normally taken cuttings in September and overwintered them on the kitchen window sill.
    I haven't taken any this year as I will be away for 5 weeks next Spring with no one to look after them so I will have to start all over again.
    They will not normally survive temperatures below 10c. If they are not named varieties then grow from seed next Spring or buy new plants.
     
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    I first saw them in raised beds in a courthouse garden a few years ago, there they thrive on neglect. So good drainage is essential.

    Last winter I kept mine in pots in a frost free greenhouse, min 5C. They survived OK and I will do the same again this coming winter. I think they could can survive lower provided they are kept dry.
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I brought my Echeverias in today, and removed the Aeoniums from a large pot and potted them up singly.
    Don't want to get them overwet at this time of the year, usually find they are pretty sodden, if I leave the likes of these plants out too late , then have problems drying then out when the temperatures drop.
     
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