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Important Notes for Winter Purchasers

Advice on Caring for Cacti and Other Succulents in the Winter Months

Experienced growers and collectors will already know how to establish and grow their plants and can feel confident in making their orders, but if you are new to the hobby the following notes should help.

If the temperature of the plants is kept at 10 to 20 degrees C or above, the plants will grow in winter but low light levels may cause the plants to become stretched. Therefore, they need to be kept in a greenhouse situated in an open light position or in a naturally very bright conservatory. Plants in this situation need to be watered every 1 to 2 weeks.

Cacti and succulents can of course be grown on window sills in the home, but because of the lower light levels in winter the plants are best kept dormant or semi-dormant. If the temperature at which the plants are kept is between 10 and 20 degrees C for most of the time, water the plants every 2 to 3 weeks. Reduce the amount of water given if the plants start to become stretched. Lithops and similar plants are particularly prone to stretching in low light conditions.

If the temperature is between 5 and 20 degrees C for much of the time, it is best to keep the plants dormant by giving them no water until spring. Our plants are kept dormant from late October until mid March, and although they may become slightly shrivelled this is normal and they survive temperatures down to 1 or 2 degrees C. They are safe to travel in the post, except on the coldest of days when they might be frost damaged in transit. In this case, despatch is delayed until the weather warms up sufficiently.

Establishing new plants in the winter is best done in temperatures around 15 to 20 degrees C, but because of low light levels it is often better to leave them in a dormant state with no water until spring.

Dec 1, 2016

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