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Overwintering Succulents in the Southwest

Avoid common mistakes to ensure your succulents stay healthy through the winter months

Photo: Sheila Schultz

Now that it’s December, temperatures all over the country are starting to quickly fall below the freezing mark, even here in the Southwest. Now is the time when the daytime temps have cooled off enough so that we can get back out in the garden to pull some of the more delicate succulents and cacti indoors for the winter. If you’re anything like us, you have shelves full of empty pots just waiting to be used. Some years the winters aren’t too bad here in Tucson, but 2018 was a doozy, and we lost a lot of mature succulents to the freak snowstorms we received. So this year we’ll be extra cautious with our overwintering and make sure we have more than enough frost cloth on hand for the larger succulents that we can’t overwinter indoors. If you do have any larger containers to bring indoors that aren’t easily lifted,…

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