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by hoteidoc
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Member Topics
Topic: BRC's cacti adventure...in a flat
Replies: 96
Views: 10036

Re: BRC's cacti adventure...in a flat

Speaking of "Ghosts of the Christmas Past" ... ;-)
by hoteidoc
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Member Topics
Topic: BRC's cacti adventure...in a flat
Replies: 96
Views: 10036

Re: BRC's cacti adventure...in a flat

Snowcat - Just noticed your "more hospitable" climate change! No, you know the old gardener's axiom -- just keep planting until you find the right cultivar, subspecies, change up the protection(more rocks), more drainage, etc. Oh yeah, and I've added more pricklies -- chollas, but even those (that a...
by hoteidoc
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Member Topics
Topic: BRC's cacti adventure...in a flat
Replies: 96
Views: 10036

Re: BRC's cacti adventure...in a flat

Snowcat - Funny you should check in, it's probably been that long for me too, so I was surprised to see this post show up in my email. Same with me, have been starting (mostly) cold-hardy for my "new" outdoor beds. Not quite Moscow weather, but plenty of -10F & then 65F with rain, snow & sleet in-be...
by hoteidoc
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Quick hardy cactus list
Replies: 54
Views: 17080

Re: Quick hardy cactus list

Hey, Ricelg -- Not on much, usually just answering a stray question from the Forum like this ;-) But very much growing, doing fairly large #'s of seeds. Have moved to a new "farmette" with 2 horses now, so between having to start all over with new C & S beds (13 with @ 4 more to go; but doing it rig...
by hoteidoc
Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:11 am
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Cold hardy cacti for zone 5a?
Replies: 18
Views: 3724

Re: Cold hardy cacti for zone 5a?

With moving to the "other end" of Keuka Lake with totally different soil type (very heavy clay -- yuck!), I've been forced to draw on all the wisdom of the Forum -- deep, coarse gravel, layered with smaller "road" gravel, covered with my "special" cactus "soil" blend. Right now I'm growing from seed...
by hoteidoc
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Cold hardy cacti for zone 5a?
Replies: 18
Views: 3724

Re: Cold hardy cacti for zone 5a?

You're definitely "preachin' to the choir" ;-), so I've been forced to love Opuntia's far more that I every thought possible!
by hoteidoc
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Cold hardy cacti for zone 5a?
Replies: 18
Views: 3724

Re: Cold hardy cacti for zone 5a?

I doubt it, but no harm in testing. I, too, have gone to several Agave & Yuccas species -- from seed this (early) Spring. Plan on using them as "protectors" for other cacti. Have also lost most of these "standard" CH's over the past 2 Winters, but a Y. nana did make it. Can only just keep plugging a...
by hoteidoc
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Cold hardy cacti for zone 5a?
Replies: 18
Views: 3724

Re: Cold hardy cacti for zone 5a?

Jnewmark - you hit the nail on the head! And add heaving -- especially damaging to the several Echinocereus seedling beds I had constructed. Weren't elevated near as much as yours, but were a good 12" deep. Even well-established plants underwent a lot of heaving. Thanks goodess the roots were quite ...
by hoteidoc
Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Some outside pictures
Replies: 24
Views: 4912

Re: Some outside pictures

Haven't been on "The Forum" hardly at all, Dennis, & just got thru taking some pics of Snowdrops -- so you know how far behind we are (after an even more brutal Winter than last year!). But your outside plant blossoms still take my breath away! =D> Have started a bunch of CH Agaves & Echinocereus, &...
by hoteidoc
Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Grown From Seed
Topic: my seedlings
Replies: 37
Views: 7333

Re: my seedlings

Weren't mine either, but they live! And while I'm getting other species established, I'm easy to satisfy :roll:
by hoteidoc
Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: Grown From Seed
Topic: my seedlings
Replies: 37
Views: 7333

Re: my seedlings

Actually have 2 strains of sneedii (396 & 397) from MG going, CJ - 397 had much better germination. They're coming up on a year now, @ 1 1/2" with lots of offsets & out on parially shaded back deck in their original plastic tubs. Plan to get them into terracotta "troughs" over next couple of weeks (...
by hoteidoc
Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:53 am
Forum: Grown From Seed
Topic: my seedlings
Replies: 37
Views: 7333

Re: my seedlings

Nice job, CJ! Grow mostly CH cacti, but there are a few Titanop & Aloinop's that are 0F tolerant! Also just like their "warty/knobby" features. Germination & subsequent growth has been much spottier that with most of the cacti. Am using baggie method, but don't know if there is difference in freshne...
by hoteidoc
Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Vermont Cold-Hardy, 2014
Replies: 38
Views: 6914

Re: Vermont Cold-Hardy, 2014

Really Nice, Dave! Like the mixture of different rock/boulder & different brick/blocks! Has a very "abandoned & being taken over by the "spiney creatures" " look ;-) Discovered another survivor of the "Winter from Hell" a few days ago -- the O. erinaceae v. ursina. Also had an O. aurea pad survive a...
by hoteidoc
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Vermont Cold-Hardy, 2014
Replies: 38
Views: 6914

Re: Vermont Cold-Hardy, 2014

humifusa didn't miss a beat & the 2 plants probably have 60 buds plus pads! Have a poly, poly X fragilis, aurea, several fragilis cv's -- all a doing great, altho aurea only put out 1 pad & no blossom buds. Even have a humifusa pad cutting that was in a 3 X 3 plastic pot that sat outside (above grou...
by hoteidoc
Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:33 am
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Vermont Cold-Hardy, 2014
Replies: 38
Views: 6914

Re: Vermont Cold-Hardy, 2014

Congrats, Dave; Thanks to Andy =D> Just put in 4 reichenbach. & 7 reichenb. v. baileyi seedlings this afternoon! Guessing I have to stick around Skyline Drive for another 2 yrs, & pray next 2 Winters are not repeats of this past one. 1st humifusa opened today & have dozens of buds; other O's started...