My container ice plant has bloomed and has dead blossoms now. Will new flowers bloom from the dead heads?
Ice plants do not require deadheading as it does not seem to extend their flowering period. However, you may still want to cut the spent flowers to keep the plants looking tidy.
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What is the temperature tolerance of ice plant?
Ice plants are rated for USDA plant hardiness zones 5-10 which means it is cold hardy to -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
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I have tried growing ice plant and while it grows well in the summer, it does not some back in spring. What can I do or where should I plant it to be successful?
Hardy Ice Plant is rated to Zone 5, but that may not insure Ice Plant would survive the winter. We have have some pretty brutal winters the past couple of years.
Here is a link to proper care and growing conditions.
The yellow-flowering ice plant that I put in early this spring is not flowering. What am I doing wrong? It receives direct hot sun for about 1/2 of each day.
Has it been fertilized? The soil could have too much nitrogen. This can be offset by giving the plant a phosphorus rich fertilizer or bone meal, which will help encourage flowering. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm
How long does it take for ice plants to establish once they are planted from a flat of plants? I purchased 2 flats of ice plants from Home Depot and planted them the first week of June. I would like to know how long it will take them to become "established." I live in Placitas, New Mexico, which is north of Albuquerque and south of Santa Fe. Thank you. Jana Handrich
It will most likely take a couple of weeks to become 'established'. This means it will need less water. To become a good established ground cover that holds out weeds can take as long a 2 years.
It does grow vigorously but doesn't take root as easily.
Follow a good watering schedule but do not over water.
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My ice plants (which are in full sun and the soil pretty dry) are turning brown (tan) and look like they are dying. Any suggestions? Water once a week on drip system.
I would actually check the soil to see if it is wet consistently, to much water can cause the issues you describe.
Disease or fungus could also be a possibility. Removal of the dead material and then using Neem Oil treatment would be recommended.
Neem Oil acts as both an insecticide and fungicide.
Here are some links for you to refresh you on the care requirements.
Can Delosperma be grown in a cool greenhouse over the winter? I live in Saskatchewan, Canada - I have a sun room off the southwest side of the house that stays quite cool in the winter.....three varieties in 5" pots now. Will they winter over with minimal watering?
Yes, you should be able to winter them over.
Keep in mind that the pots are quite small and they may need a bit of protection to keep the root temperatures more constant through the dormant period.
Changing temperatures can cause the to die.