Posted 4M ago by @Charli3Plant

Winter Acclimation?

Question: is it too late in the season to get plants acclimated to being outside? I just got some Sempervivums and a hardy Sedum variety as a Christmas gift for my mom. I know those species are very cold hardy, and my winters don't get too terribly cold (our new zone is 8a, previously 7b). Tomorrow is going to be very mild and cloudy, but we are going to get right around freezing overnight. Should I go ahead and shove them outside? #succulentsquad #succulentlove #plantsmakepeoplehappy #plantaddict #sempervivum #sedum
Not at all. Sempervivum are extremely cold hardy and can withstand up to -30 degrees F. #Sempervivum
@theplantymammy @SvelteKingfern I'm a little nervous about putting them outside after almost freezing my Sempervivum 😬
So, to be on the safe side, if it gets below 0Β°C , move them inside. I don't know in Β°F , it's Β°C here.
0 C is 32 F. Sure do love living the good ole US of A where we're all allergic to the metric system πŸ™ƒ
Hard to understand that °F lingo 😜🀣
Oh yes, not only that, but it is way too cold in the North Carolina area. I don’t trust the new β€œzone 8a” claim. πŸ˜‚ I’m just far too paranoid for my plants to test it. They might not even know it’s a zone eight a now and might not be able to get with the program. You know what I’m saying.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ anyways with the temperatures we’ve been having lately it’s not worth the risk I have lost quite a few plants since the freezes we have had anything lower than 40Β° is not good for the plant. I had to learn this the hard way and it’s been getting down to 18Β° recently. I would wait until spring time to start acclimating them.
I do know that semper Vive them, and some sedum are cold, hardy or they will grow back usually my simper vans die and come back in the spring as well as my stone crops but right now they are not taking too well to the cold, but they grow back every year, so that’s just my observation for my plants Since we live in the same area, maybe this can give you an idea of what to look out for
@TidyTigerpear Oh my gosh, our weather is all over the place πŸ˜‚ I'm only wanting to move the cold hardy plants outside. Everyone else is staying inside where it's warm.
@Charli3Plant if your nervous it’s a no! Plant leaves can get up to 14Β° cooler than the temperature outside and with succulent. Specifically their cells will burst once it becomes too cold and it will kill the plants slowly if this does happen you need to remove any soft leaves so it won’t continue to spread to the rest of the plant I’ve been dealing with this recently.
@Charli3Plant yeah, I read that. it’s worth a try if you wanna do it but just don’t expect anything too great for now they will come back, but if they are still new to acclimating, it might be a chance that it may shock them too much just a suggestion but it’s your choice. It’s always good to experiment.
I assure you, unless you’re in the Arctic, your sempervivum need to be outside. They will not do well indoors. I have about 50 or more outside all year long. They get covered in snow and ice. Same with sedum. My flower beds are filled with sedum that’s green all year. Flowers in the summer. They get deep red and kinda close together in the winter. Here’s a pic of some of mine I’m repotting.
@TidyTigerpear I’m in Virginia.
Sorry pics here. Sempervivum are NOT typical succulents. They are one of the few varieties that are cold hardy and in fact will die indoors. Feel free to search the web if you doubt me but I’ve been growing succulents for many years and I have over 250 plants altogether. I’ve killed my share and learned a lot. lol #SucculentSquad
@theplantymammy I realize all of those things I don’t think she should keep the sempervivum inside, just anything else.
@TidyTigerpear the under 40 degree rule is for nearly all succulents but I promise you hens and chicks will love the sun.
@TidyTigerpear sorry I misunderstood. I agree lol
@theplantymammy yes they thrive in the sun. Like most.. mine have always done much better outside. Like I said mine look dead after a freeze or snow. But they will come back and are hardy to our area.
@theplantymammy I had my Sempervivum out during a really cold night and I'm not sure if it froze. The colors still look greyed out; hopefully she'll pull through.