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27 March 2011 17:18:18


On Friday hubby did the job of transporting all my succulents out to the glasshouse. I have a lot but most are small.

I remembered last year how the succulents had immediately thrived, once put in a situation with maximum light and sun.

Already this morning I could see that the black aeoniums were darkening in colour. In winter my aeoniums become almost green due to lack of sun. Roll on summer!

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 March 2011 17:37:16

Do you think it is safe to have Aeoiums out on 'sleepovers' now? I would worry about temps dropping. They look great all lined up like little soldiers.

Rachel Rachel 27 March 2011 17:53:25

If the forecast is due to get colder, I will bring them in for the night, Jacinta. The benefit they gain from the sun at this stage is not to be ignored.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 March 2011 18:00:05

Better put my pathetic specimen out so.

Rachel Rachel 27 March 2011 18:01:02

What have you, Jacinta?

Hosta Hosta 27 March 2011 18:16:18

Thanks for that info Rachel,  I got a nice size Aeonium in Johnstown so I will put it out tomorrow.  Think there might be frost tonight.  Would I do the same with an Agave ?  (Got a lovely one from Bill on the same day -- thanks Bill)

You've got a very nice collection there :-)

Michelle finn Michelle finn 27 March 2011 18:55:40

wow what a show rachel, they are thriving and loving the heat of the sun

Rachel Rachel 27 March 2011 18:56:28

I would put them in the greenhouse, Margaret, but keep an eye on the forcast. I hear it will be +5 tonight with ground frost. Succulents should be fine in the greenhouse at that. My agaves are out too.

Scrubber Scrubber 27 March 2011 20:02:55

Re comment on path- got the slabs for about 6-80 each in Clanbia store. They issue gardeners with a discount card which come in handy! Also got some Curly Kale plants! Am very impressed with everyones familiarity with Aeoniums!Up to this Id be saying fat cactussy looking plants! Many thanks.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 March 2011 21:19:26

Zwarzkopf. Did I spell that correctly. It is looking decidedly 'green' after being on the windowsill all winter long.

fran m fran m 27 March 2011 21:34:24

On my list to get some succulents into a large pot this year.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 27 March 2011 22:27:17

Our aeoniums survived this winter in the glasshouse with just a heater on during the night. The Agaves which are big have survived many years outside with just the shelter of the house, but you never know how things manage to get through the bad weather. I feel large aeoniums are more difficult to get through the winter and have lost a lot of them in the 2010 winter. Mary

Mairin Mairin 27 March 2011 22:39:31

Just curious - where are they when they are in your house? 

Rachel Rachel 27 March 2011 22:42:22

They overwinter on the hall, sitting room and my son's bedroom window sills, Maureen.

andyf7 andyf7 27 March 2011 23:49:55

that one has a nice rich colour, even now.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 28 March 2011 00:13:25

Margaret the Agave can take the cold for a few nights, that one I gave you was in the greenhouse all winter and it went down to -5 in there, what kills them is the wet and snow etc.  Succulents look good Rachel all in a line there :-)

Lìga Lìga 29 March 2011 10:00:47

I put mine out today,,no big sun,and not cold too,,perfect time for mooving out.

unagrant unagrant 30 March 2011 12:41:12

Lovely selection of succulents Rachel.  Bill thanks for the Agave you gave me I love it.


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