What do I need to do to over winter my succulent turtle?

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We live in Michigan where the temperature and snowfall can be brutal
q what do i need to do to over winter my succulent turtle
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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 05, 2017
    If you have a cool room and don't water, otherwise Lift off the ground ,Fleece, Bubble Plastic, and a Cloche
  • Toc15434384 Toc15434384 on Sep 06, 2017
    bring it inside
  • KOKO LOKO TOKO KOKO LOKO TOKO on Sep 06, 2017
    Good luck !
  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 06, 2017
    I love this. How did you make? I know this does not answer the question....but it is so cute.


  • Cindy Thomas Cindy Thomas on Sep 06, 2017
    Where do you live? Here near Philly, just leave it outside. looks like you have mostly perennial sedum from what I see. It will most likely need to be thinned out next spring, but what you pull out can be transplanted in the garden or another container. The ground is a perfect insulator. You can cover it if you wish with leaves to protect it further- but I think you'll be fine. We winter over sedum and perennial succulents all the time. Here's our webpage if you need more help. https://www.danschantzgreenhouse.com/
    • Cindy Thomas Cindy Thomas on Sep 06, 2017
      Oh I just saw Michigan. I still think you'll be okay leaving it out, but cover it. If you bring it in, it will get too weak and stretch. A garage with a window would be good too.
  • Memargi Memargi on Sep 06, 2017
    I am thinking bringing it indoors isnt a solution, can anyone give suggestions on how to keep it alive without moving it. We are thinking putting a plastic dome made from pvc pipes on ours but dont know if that will be enough. Saw a blanket for plants at lowes might add thatnto the dome

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    • Memargi Memargi on Sep 06, 2017
      Thinking the plastic dome will help keep it from freezing and the blanket from lowes will keep it dark. Wondering if I should water them on warm days. Denver does have a few of those
  • Sabina Sabina on Sep 06, 2017
    I created one this summer using the rootball of a tree and inquired the same with my former horticulture professor. She advised to pack around it with leaves and cover it up with pine boughs so that would be my same suggestion to you. I can't move mine since it took two men to lift it originally but yours is small enough that you could tuck it somewhere outside but in a micro-climate like the side of a garage or on a patio up against the foundation, then cover it up. I'm in Buffalo, NY so our winters are similar. I roll my urns filled with perennial but invasive if planted in the ground herbs over to the side of my garage and pack the leaves from my neighbor's tree around them. They come back each spring.
  • Cin21825342 Cin21825342 on Sep 06, 2017
    I bring mine indoors and it lives in my bathroom all winter under the skylight.
  • Deanna Deanna on Sep 06, 2017
    I just place the containers of succulents in a sheltered location next to the house and I cover with dried leaves. In the Spring I uncover it and bring it back into the sun, it takes a week or two but it will start growing again soon.
  • Liz27350157 Liz27350157 on Sep 06, 2017
    Live in Maine and successfully winter my succulents outside protected with dried leaves,
    fir boughs.
  • Bee29642706 Bee29642706 on Sep 06, 2017
    Im not sure if that should stay outside at all. I'm from Chicago and Ive had planters crack. Perhaps you should bring it inside or at least to the garage where the snow won't pil on it and the temperature isn't as cold. Whatever you decide to do, good luck! Btw it's beautifu!
  • Saskie Saskie on Sep 06, 2017
    I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. Our winters can be brutal, my succulents, mainly hens and chicks and sedums are left outdoors and do very well with the snow cover that we get. The more tender ones, I bring inside into the basement and keep them under grow lights with very little water, a sprinkle every couple of weeks.
  • Sidney Rippy McLaughlin Sidney Rippy McLaughlin on Sep 06, 2017
    I live in Texas, but I still have to bring mine in during the winter. Anything below freezing will kill most succulents.
    I bring mine in the house. I have a place near a window where I put the lid from a large plastic tub. The plants go on that so I can water them without any problem.
    They grow toward the window and look weirdif I don't rotate them, but I enjoy them year round that way.

  • Carol Prim Carol Prim on Sep 06, 2017
    I live in Michigan, and I have a lot of these in different pots. I wrap them in a white glad trash bag and leave them on the back steps. They have always survived....been doing this for years
  • Cher Cher on Sep 07, 2017
    I'm in MA. Those are succulents that will do fine outside over the winter. That said, the plants roots in that planter (looks like the rough side of a pot scrubbing sponge) won't be low enough to be protected by the earth. I suggest you dig a shallow hole, line with chopped leaves or landscape fabric (just to keep the soil from sticking to your turtle, to make cleanup easy in spring). Pack around the edges with leaves or the soil and leave it til spring. Shouldn't have to cover it. I have some succulents in a plant tray sitting on the ground, waiting to be planted since last summer. No cover, nothing! Lol
  • Charles Lewis Hill Charles Lewis Hill on Sep 07, 2017
    Put them in a window area to get bright light but not direct light. Carefully and infrequently apply water. They will rot if soil is kept wet.
  • Web11207090 Web11207090 on Sep 08, 2017
    Thank you everyone!