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Temperennials                                                           proven selections

What is a temperennial, anyway?

In a nutshell: 

Non-hardy plants that are usually treated as annuals. Most can be overwintered indoors.

We are already familiar with annual (completes its life cycle in one season), biennial (completes its life cycle in two seasons), and perennials (Come back year after year). The term "temperennial" was created by someone to cover that fuzzy area between annual and perennial.  For example, petunias and impatiens are commonly grown as annuals, but are actually perennial if the growing zone is warm enough.  Sometimes, these are called "tender perennials" since they will not survive a hard freeze.  One of our top-selling perennials is Senorita Rosalita Cleome, but it is treated as an annual north of zone 8.

So, why this category?

The plants we are listing under this heading are plants that you can grow in your outdoor landscape year-round if you are in the higher numbered zones (9a and up).  If in a colder zone, they can be grown outside in the summer, and brought indoors for winter and treated like a house plant.  Most of these are very drought tolerant and well suited to containers.  Only those "tender perennials" that are easy to over-winter indoors will be included in this category.

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  • Agave Blue Flame™
  • Agave Rasta Man™
  • Agave Reggae Time™
  • Agave Retro Choke™
  • Agave Titan™


  • Aloe Grassy Lassie™
  • Aloe Pink Blush™
  • Aloe RETRO GANG™ Vito


  • Echeveria Afterglow
  • Echeveria Blue Atoll™
  • Echeveria Sovereign Blue™
  • Echeveria Topsy Turvy

Not all varieties listed are ready yet.  Cart buttons will be added as these become ready for shipment.

How we ship these.

  • 4" pot size plants may either be shipped in the pot, or removed from the pot and the rootball stretch-wrapped, depending on the variety.

  • 6" pot size plants may be shipped in the pot in individual boxes with stabilizing stakes, or removed from the pot and the rootball stretch-wrapped, depending on the variety.

  • None of these can be shipped in winter.

  • Because of the high percentage of sand required in the growing media, the shipping weight of these is slightly higher than other potted plants.

Care of the above Temperennials.

  • VERY low water requirement
  • Let dry between waterings.
  • Always maintain high light and good air circulation.
  • Do not overwater to avoid root rot.
  • Growing medium must be well drained with a high porosity.
  • Fertility requirement is very low.  Use a well balanced fertilizer at manufacturer recommended intervals at 1/2 the normal rate.  Do not fertilize in winter.
  • Wintering over:  If in a cold climate, bring indoors before hard frost.  Keep on the dry side, allowing the container to completely dry out before light watering.  If in the ground outdoors in warmer climates, make sure it is well drained and the ground does not become overly wet.
  • Pruning:  Other than removing spent flower stalks, none is necessary.  Division may be needed if the container gets over crowded from the clump forming types.
  • Container size:  Shift up as needed.  Do not start with a large container for a small plant!  It is too easy to over water.  Deep containers are not necessary as these are somewhat shallow rooted succulents.
  • Succulents are long term plants where temperatures remain warm. Garden height is the final height the plant will reach after several years, not the height the plant will reach in one season. Succulents are generally slow growing plants and will take time to mature.


Our liners (starter plants), when received from the propagator, are potted into the 3-1/2" pots you see above.  Once they fill these out, they are then shifted to 4" or 6" pots and grown on until ready to sell.