Do I need to repot this to bring indoors for Wisconsin winter?

+16
Answered
I'm afraid it might have bugs in the dirt.
q do i need to repot this to bring indoors for wisconsin winter
I have this Hen and Chicks and know it won't survive the Wisconsin winter
  18 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 12, 2017
    It should survive,however you can put it in the garage if you think there are insects in the soil.
  • Catherine M. Allen Catherine M. Allen on Sep 12, 2017
    I live in Maryland, not as cold as Wisconsin, but mine thrive all year long.
    However, with the Wisconsin winters, probably would be a good idea either in a basement or garage or shed.
  • Geri Ozak-Brown Geri Ozak-Brown on Sep 13, 2017
    I would say do not repot til spring. It is the season of rest and it will go dormant for the low light of winter.
  • Judy Ackerman Judy Ackerman on Sep 13, 2017
    I had a crowed pot of Hen and Chicks and I put the pot in the garage during the winter and then because it was so crowded I had my BF build me a tall planter and transplanted the whole pot into the new planter. I transplanted in the late spring and this winter I will put a light sheet of plastic of the planter to keep the ice off. H&C's are very hardy and will stand up to most any weather. So in answer to your question, just put the pot in the Garage and in the spring repot.
  • Judyms9 Judyms9 on Sep 13, 2017
    I'm in Michigan and my plants have survived 17 winters.
  • Sannie Sannie on Sep 13, 2017
    Mine stay outside year round... Philadelphia
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Sep 13, 2017
    Being it is in a pot I would at least put it in the garage and it should be protected enough to not freeze the roots like it would outside. Perhaps if you have extremely cold stretches you could bring it inside. Maybe the bugs would be dead or gone by that time.
  • Sandra Sandra on Sep 13, 2017
    My mother always had these in Western Maryland, where the winters could get pretty bad. She never covered them or took them inside and they were just fine in the spring. Hers were in concrete blocks.
  • Nelda Cooper Nelda Cooper on Sep 13, 2017
    I have mine in a strawberry pot and leave it out year round. I live in Alabama and several years ago we had a severe ice storm. They survived. I love these plants.
  • Eliz Eliz on Sep 13, 2017
    bugs have a strange way of surviving winter even going into hibernation mode......and appearing once their reintroduced to warm air and surroundings. that said ,hose plants have been used for generations in europe atop buildings, brick and stone walls ......their alpine plants their hardier then many others ..if your worried about them cover them with plastic or bring them into the garage ....
  • Eliz Eliz on Sep 13, 2017
    meant those plants have been used not ..hose plants.
  • Babette Babette on Sep 13, 2017
    You don't need to repot it. Just move it inside. Wait until it gets cold but before it freezes that way the bugs will have died off or moved out. If you have a window in your garage that would be the best place for it. Otherwise put it somewhere cool but sunny.
    • Marilou112 Marilou112 on Sep 14, 2017
      Does it have to be sunny? Neither my garage or basement have windows. And do I water it?
  • Stephanie Mitchell Stephanie Mitchell on Sep 13, 2017
    Mine are in the ground and I never bring them in. During Missouri's winters I do not even cover them and they come back strong every year. They are making new ones all the time and now have a bunch together along with several single ones.

    If you want you could cover them with your leaves that come off the trees as it is a natural insulator.

  • Chris Keating-Ingelse Chris Keating-Ingelse on Sep 14, 2017
    I would think they'd do just fine if you planted them in the ground. Having them in a pot outside doesn't afford any shelter from frost (I've killed many a potted plant this way!). I had my hens n' chicks growing outside in VT for 5 years but, sadly, left them behind when we moved!
  • Babette Babette on Sep 14, 2017
    Yes it will need sun. Only water it when it gets dry. It is a succulent and doesnt require much water. If you have it in the house dont put it near a heater vent. It will do fine. You can put it outside when there are no more freezes.
  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Sep 14, 2017
    The hens & chicks are fine outdoors year 'round. I had them in Buffalo, NY in the ground! IF you are worried about the pot, cover it so no water gets in just before cold temps. With nothing to freeze & expand, the pot will be fine if covered with plastic to keep moisture out.

    btw....given enough room, hens & chicks will continue to make "babies" that spread or can be replanted elsewhere.
  • Kaioverbeck Kaioverbeck on Sep 14, 2017
    No, but it will still grow. You could take the babies and pot anew.
  • Doris Doris on Sep 16, 2017
    I'm from north-western Canada and mine survived our harshest winters. Though they look almost like succulents, they're pretty hardy and should survive without bringing them inside (I agree with one of the other home talkers about the bugs being dormant. I never bring anything in that's been outside for the summer). In the spring, just cut off what didn't survive. The rest will be fine. Whatever show or moisture they get over the winter will be enough for them until spring. The put should be fine if you have a place to bury it into the ground. The surrounding soil should protect it from breaking.
Your comment...