All right! I tried to be a good first-time poster and searched around for an answer to this and haven't found it. I was given 4 Zizotes Milkweed (Asclepias oenotheroides) plants in terracotta pots recently. They are all different sized pots - I need to put them each in a larger pot because I assume they need more room bc of their taproots. I am in Austin, TX and we've had some colder temps (for Texas) recently - 30s and 40s. The leaves are turning orange and/or yellow. I am not sure if this is because of a lack of water, too much water, or if this is what normally happens with native milkweed in Texas during the late fall. 1) Is this to be expected w/ milkweed at this time of year? 2) Should I cut them back at this point? 3) Are they okay to leave outside, or should I bring the pots in? Are they as wussy as me when it comes to colder weather?
I would rather not plant them in the ground since we rent our house, but maybe that would just make this whole thing a lot easier.
I'm having a hard time finding info on this. A few things I've read indicate that milkweed can be cut back and then comes back in the spring, but I am not sure if this is true for containers as well.
I am an inexperienced gardener. I think I might be a helicopter mom gardener as well, which I hear isn't necessary for natives. I know zizotes milkweed is pretty common, but I'm a tad in love with it right now.