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Overwintering succulents

Canadian Gardening
Photography by
Roger Yip

Keep your hens and chicks growing over winter months by moving them indoors

As the gardening season comes to an end, Paul Zammit, director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, plants his hardy succulents in the garden. While he usually takes cuttings from most of his tender varieties to overwinter indoors in a bright windowsill or under grow lights, he has a special trick for growing new echeveria. Here’s how:

Cut out the centre of the succulentLift the top of the plant from the stem
Remove the bottom leaves so a little nub of about two centimetres long remainsLet the nub callus over (about five days), then plant it into a cactus mix into which it will root. Water thoroughly

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