overwintering hens and chicks

rouanAugust 29, 2005

Hi, I hope someone here can answer this for me. A co-worker has hens and chicks growing in a strawberry pot. She wants to know if they'll survive outside this winter, or should she bring them into the garage (unheated). Anyone have experience with these? Any suggestions on how she should overwinter them?

Thanks in advance,


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laurelin(z5a/4b Upstate NY)

I have hens and chicks growing in the ground, and they survive even the worst winters just fine. I've never tried overwintering them in pots, though I suspect that they'd be fine, as long as they weren't allowed to totally dry out. Being succulents, they can handle a significant amount of drought, but being dessicated for 5 months might try even their hardiness.


    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 9:57AM
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Thanks Laurelin,

I'll pass the information on along to her. She said she hadn't had much luck with them before, and they're doing wonderfully in the planter.


    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 11:51AM
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kareen(z5 NY Renss.Co.)

I would take them out of the strawberry pot as I don't think the pot will last long in our winters. Either put them in the ground for the winter or put them in a pot you would get plants in from the garden center and then sink the pot with the hens and chicks in it right in the ground so the top of the pot is even with the soil level. Good luck.

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    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 12:05PM
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My friend has them growing in a small plastic strawberry jar and leaves them outside under a small foundation bush next to her house all winter. They are doing great. I wouldnt take a chance with clay or ceramic though, even in garage. Garage also leaves the problem of watering--if, when, how much?

I've had the same dilemma and it stopped me from planting up my clay S. jars. Its so hard to dismantle a nicely growing one and overwinter in the ground.Think the previous posters gave good advice. Sandy

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 1:33PM
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Thanks so much everyone! I've passed the link to this website along to her. I'm very sure she'll appreciate the advice from all of you.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 3:00PM
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hammerl(z5-6 Amherst NY)

Strawberry pots can be pretty hardy. I forgot mine outside last winter, it's fine. The pink panda strawberries migrated right out of it for the most part this spring, but the pot was fine. But the hens and chicks probably stand a better chance of overwintering in the ground.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 4:29PM
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adina72(z5 CNY)

My mother stores hers in the unheated garage. She checks them once or twice during the winter to see if they need a little water.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 10:08AM
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gail14054(z5 NY)

My hens & chicks are by the front porch that gets dumped on by the snow every year. They survive without any problems.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 11:54PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

my hens and chicks have been in the same planter for 3 years now. I don't bring them inside and they do just fine. amazingly hardy.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2005 at 3:59PM
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I had three different hens and chicks on my patio in small pots last year. They loved it out there (east side) but I brought them in for the winter. I can't believe I did this but I killed all three. I think maybe they got too dry because I was worried about watering them too much. They looked really cute in my kitchen until I killed them! I have some new ones for this year's patio but maybe I'll put them in the ground for the winter.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 9:52PM
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