Winter Tips (primarily)

Linda Gamble provided this compendium of information from various reference sources on the internet (like  The information listed is valuableAs time permits, the list can be extended and amended.  Temperature maximums and minimums would be great additions along with members' personal success tips.  When striking out to grow your plants here in Southern Nevada, remember how hot and scorching the sun can be, how cold that dark corner of your north patio can get, and most of all:  if what you are doing "isn't broken, don't fix it." Susan K.




Aporocactus Plant Care:  Let dry between watering, perfect hanging plant likes sun and shade.


Astrophytum Plant Care: They need a sunny to light shade spot that is always warm. Water sparsely in summer, letting it dry completely between watering and keep it totally dry during the winter, water should not be started until late spring. Transplant only if absolutely necessary, they are very root sensitive. Use regular cacti soil with good drainage.\


Copiapoa Plant Care: The location has to be warm and bright, and it has to be in direct sun. In the spring and late summer, the water moderately, between this times are dry rest periods in the winter keep the plant absolutely dry. The roots need a lot of room, so make sure that the pot is large enough. Use regular cacti soil with a very good drainage


Coryphantha Plant Care: The location has to be airy and warm, during the winter they should be absolutely dry, and they need fast draining soil.

Discocactus Plant Care: The location has to be airy and warm; during the winter they should be absolutely dry, wet soil is deadly for this species. They need fast draining soil. It Care: The location has to be airy and warm, during the winter they should be absolutely dry, wet soil is deadly for this species. They need fast draining soil. It blooms in the summer.

Echinocactus Plant Care: Locate fully in the sun where is very warm and airy, in the summer they should be outside, water and fertilize regularly, but allow it to dry out between watering. Keep the plant warm and dry during winter rest period.


Echinocereus Plant Care: In the summer they need an airy location in bright sun; well watered when it's hot. In the winter light, cool, and absolutely dry conditions.


Echinofossulocactus Plant Care: In the summer the plants require sun or half shade, allow to dry between watering. During the winter keep them almost dry. Use regular cacti soil with good drainage.


Echinopsis subdedantum: You won't find this Echinopsis subdedantum easily; it is a new subspecies, as yet unregistered. This is the first crop and they are only beginning to develop their first flowers. This is a beautiful plant, very healthy green, nine ribs, with fuzzy gray flowers emerging.

Echinopsis subdedantum Care: The location should be warm, in the summer it should be sunny with some light protection from the full sunshine.  For the winter rest period keep them dry and cool. For a strong growth and many blossoms the plant needs a porous nutritious soil and be fertilized frequently.


Ferocactus Plant Care: In the summer they should be kept warm and in a sunny location, water regularly but sparsely allowing to dry between watering, they need good drainage. Keep dry in winter in as much sun as possible.


Grafted Cacti: Grafting its a method use with plants of the same botanical family, were the plants are cut and place together, the contact should be as tight as possible, the sections surfaces must not come in contact with water until they have grown together for about 14 days. This is used for plants that grow very slowly in cultivation, or that are difficult to care for.


Gymnocalycium Plant Care: Protect it from full sunshine, water moderately during summer allowing to dry between watering, during winter rest period don't let them completely dry out, keep warm with plenty of light. Use regular cacti soil with good drainage.


Lepismium Plant Care: Minimum average temperature: 50°F (10°C); light to considerable shade with humidity create a preferred microclimate.  Use well drained soil.  Propagate by cuttings and seeds.


Leuchtenbergia Plant Care: The location should be very sunny, water evenly and sparsely, keep it dry during the winter rest period; the soil should be loamy and very nutritious.

Mammillaria Plant Care: One rule of thumb should be noted, the heavily spined mammillarias, white forms may be kept in full sun; green specimens with few spines have no protection against the light and should be place in a bright location but not full sun.  The location should be bright, it requires partial shade because prominent spines do not protect its skin and the plant could readily be scorched by direct sunlight, water rather sparsely, needs good drainage soil, during winter rest period keep light and dry, mammillarias bloom year after year.


Melocactus Plant Care: Keep in sunny warm location, water carefully during the summer, do not let the plant dry out entirely in the winter and keep it warm, needs good drainage soil.


Notocactus Plant Care: They like a warm bright location, not in the full sun, water during the summer, they need good drainage soil, in winter rest period they should be dry and cool.


Opuntia Plant Care: Smaller species can be kept inside, lager ones can be placed outside in a very hot and sunny spot in the summer, moderate watering, during winter they should not be completely dry, heavy fertilizing from time to time is essential, it propagates from cuttings of joints placed on pure dry sand.


Rebutia Plant Care:  Locate in an airy and sunny place. Allow to dry between watering. During winter rest period should be kept absolutely dry and very cool. They need cacti soil with good drainage


Stetsonia Plant Care:  Let dry between watering; do not water the plant, just the soil, use good draining soil.


Sulcorebutia Plant Care:  They like plenty of light and fresh air, the soil should be very permeable. In winter the plants should be kept in bright, cool, dry conditions. In spring they should be spray over, once the buds are visible the plant should be watered to prevent the buds drying out, after flowering reduce the quantity of water given, for the summer dormant period.


Thelocactus Plant Care:  The location should be very sunny, warm and airy, water carefully ensure proper drainage to avoid wet soil, in the winter they should be kept completely dry.


Uebelmannia Plant Care:  They like a sunny and warm spot. They like to be sprinkled on sunny winter days, during winter kept them not entirely dry. Use a cacti soil with good drainage.




Adenium Plant Care:  Good for beginners. Likes light and some summer sun; ideal winter plant for indoors.  It doesn't mind dry warm air. The more it is in the sun the more abundantly it blooms, if in winter it remains in a warm room it continues to grow; when the plant is on a window sill, it should be turned regularly, otherwise it only grows in one direction. In the summer, when it is actively growing, water more, but make sure the soil drains well.  In the winter if the plant goes nearly dormant, water less.  From March to September fertilize every 3 weeks with cactus fertilizer.  (If the caudex becomes soft, the plant has likely been overwatered for the given light conditions.  Severe underwater can also cause a softening of the caudex.)


Adromiscus Plant Care:  They like sunny warm, light location. In the summer water abundantly, provide good drainage to avoid wet soil, in the winter hardly at all. Propagate with leaves that have fallen.


Aeonium Plant Care:  The plant likes to be in a light location in the summer in half shade and plenty of water, in winter they require bright and cool situation. If potted put the plant in a pot that is too large, rather than too small.


Agave Plant Care:  Needs a sunny and airy location, during the growth period water and fertilize abundantly, there should be no water in the funnels of the rosettes. In winter give a rest period dry. Agaves are known for their hardiness and tolerance to adverse conditions.


Aloe Plant Care: Sunny location, light shade, moderate water in summer, opinion is divided as to weather aloes should receive any water in winter, a little water will help prevent die back of the leaf tips, to much will result in loss of roots by rooting. When potting aloes the stem must not be buried. Some turn red in the bright sun and they will turn green again if they are in the shade.


Aloinopsis Plant Care:  This succulent needs a very open soil, it is not necessary to repot annually, it is better to break the cluster up, pull the heads off, dry for two days then pot . Water the plant freely but small amounts during summer, allowing to dry between watering, do not water during winter.


Avonia Plant Care: locate in a very sunny and warm spot; water very little; use a very porous cacti soil with good drainage.


Crassula Plant Care:  Locate in a sunny and warm spot; give sufficient water in the growth period from summer to fall; at other times water cautiously and from below. Give them light in the winter rest period, otherwise the plants degenerate. Propagate by seed, leaf or cutting.


Dyckia Plant Care: Locate in light and sunny spot; let dry between watering, use fast draining soil.


Echeveria Plant Care:  They need a sunny , airy location,.  Don't water the rosettes as the standing water may induce rot, keep slightly moist in winter.   The lower leaves shrivel. In the spring remove the offsets and reroot the plant.

Euphorbia Plant Care:  They require warm, heated and sunny locations. Water too little rather than too much, especially in the winter. It propagates with cuttings. Distinctive feature is the ability to produce a milky substance from the leaves and stem when cut open. The other distinctive characteristic is the flower structure; most produce flowers without petals, some species have female and male plants.


Faucaria Plant Care:  These plants are suited for indoor cultivation should be given full light and modest amounts of water during the warmer months and considerably less water in the cool months. It is definitely tender and should not be exposed to frost.


Fenesteria:  Also called baby toes, it is a native of Southern Africa. In their native habitats only the upper leaf parts protrude from the ground; in cultivation, the leaves have to jut out of the soil, otherwise they rot. It produces yellow blossoms in late summer.

Fenesteria Plant Care:  Locate in a very light area, bright sun; during the growth period water enough to keep the leaves from shrinking, in winter give a rest period. Needs a cacti soil with good drainage, the plant doesn't like to be repotted.


Fockea Plant Care:  Avoid burning sun; don't allow to become bone dry between watering.


Gasteria Plant Care:  Needs a filtered shade spot, water regularly in summer; in the winter keep rather dry, soil should have good drainage


Haworthia Plant Care:  They prefer locations where it's bright, they can tolerate half shade. Haworthias should be repotted regularly, because every year they thrust off a part of their roots, which then rots in the pot. During time of growth water regularly, during the rest period they should never dry out completely.

Huernia: Their native habitat is South Africa, Ethiopia and Arabia. The stems are light gray-green, red-spotted, are angular in form (four to five wavy and toothed edges


Huernia Plant Care:  Location should be light and sunny.  In the summer protect from the full noon day sun; water only enough to keep the sprouts from shrinking.


Kalanchoe Plant Care:  The plants need to be in bright, sunny, warm and airy location.  Water well during summer, during winter keep them rather dry, but not completely.  Kalanchoes are “short day” plants, blooming when they have less than 12 hours of light per day.


Lithops Plant Care:  They need a regular cacti soil with good drainage, they like an airy and bright location, water very carefully in spring and summer during the time of growth, when watered too much the bodies burst. From September on keep them completely dry, it is the rest period.


Monadenium:  This plant belongs to the Euphorbiaceae Family. Tuberculate stems 3 cm in diameter and up to 40 cm long, green. Native of Kenya.

Monadenium Plant Care: Place in a sunny and warm location sunny; do not water too much, use well draining cactus soil; propagate by cuttings.

Nolina recurvata:  Native of Mexico. The huge caudex on this plant can grow up to 1 meter in size. The green leaves can also grow 1 meter in length. This is a wonderful plant for a container or in-ground planting. It has white flowers. This plant is also called the beucarnea recurvata, and, commonly, as the elephants foot.

Nolina Plant Care:  Sunny and warm location, let dry between watering.


Pachipodium Plant Care:  They need a sunny, light and warm location, especially warm ground; water only in the stage in which the plant has leaves. Provide proper drainage and considerably less water in the cool months. Do not let this specimen sit damp in cool weather, they need good draining soil.


Pleiospilos bolusii:  They are stone-like plants (sometimes called living stones). The surfaces are grayish -green covered with dark dots, resembling a small chunk of granite. The plant consists of one pair of very succulent leaves with flattened tops; the leaves are about 1" long and almost as broad. The stem is so short that the plant is almost described as stem less. The heads may be split off in late summer to propagate the plant. It flowers in autumn; the flower opens in the late afternoon, but only on sunny days, they are golden yellow. When the previous season's leaves have completely shriveled, the current season leaves will be well formed, this will be late summer. This species grows large.


Pleiospilos Plant Care:  They like a sunny, bright location, water sparingly even in during the warm growth period; during the other months let the plant remain almost completely dry. Use cactus soil with good drainage.


Portulacaria Afra:  It is the only species of this genus. It is also known as elephant bush or elephant food, it’s native of South Africa. It is a very popular indoor plant or sheltered warm patio. Superstition says," as long as it grows and prospers, the finances of its owner will be in order.”  This plant can live a long time.  In nature it can grow like a bush or small tree. The leaves are opposite, ovate or roundish, about 1/2 inch long, thick, fleshy and glossy green. A variegated form is also popular.  It can be upright or prostrate.


Portulacaria Plant Care:  Place in a bright location; during spring and summer water regularly and fertilize; during the rest period in the winter, keep the plant a little moist. To get a nice bushy form cut the shoots back frequently. It is ideal for a bonsai appearance.


Sansevieria Plant Care:  Let dry between watering; spider mites can damage the centers of small specimens; avoid watering the centers of the plant; long term damp and cool soils kill the plant.  Does not require strong light.


Sempervivum Plant Care:  Morning sun location, they can be outdoors for the entire year, they are perfect for a stone garden or dish garden. Water moderately and let dry during watering, good drainage soil.


Stapelia:  Their native habitat is South Africa, Ethiopia and Arabia. The stems vary in color from light to dark mottled green, red-spotted, and have a four to five star like blossom of various colors and centers; the edges are wavy and toothed, and almost always have a foul odor (attracts insects to assist pollination).


Stapelia Plant Care:  Locate in a light and sunny spot; in the summer protect from the hot sun, water only enough to keep the sprouts from shrinking, during the winter rest period keep dry but do not let the sprout shrivel.