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Discuss hardy cacti grown outside all year.

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Postby ihc6480 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:17 am

Ditto, my garden got covered again friday night into saturday with snow again.
I'm ready for Spring.
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Postby birdguy34 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:01 am

Mine are just swimming.
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Postby ihc6480 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:42 pm

birdguy34 wrote:Mine are just swimming.
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Backstroke or dogpaddling :?: :lol:
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Postby birdguy34 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:11 am

After another day of solid downpours maybe just drowning.
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Postby RayC » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:47 pm

S l o w l y losing the snow blanket now and some have been uncovered after just under 2 1/2 months. The March sun (when out) has been doing its thing. I think it will all be open by this weekend and I'll be able to tell any obvious losses. If the extended forcast holds out there should be a drying trend for a while which shouldn't be a bad thing.
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Postby Andy_CT » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:57 pm

All my cactus are open now, yard is still snow covered though. I'll be updating my other thread once the sun has had time to bake a little purple color into the pads.
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A little expansion

Postby RayC » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:07 pm

I put a addition on my outdoor garden this past weekend. I lined the bottom with grapefruit sized (sized not shape) trap rock I had available, then filled/covered most of the gaps with smaller stones and some mortar 'patties' I had from having chimney work done this past fall (flat pieces of mortar from between bricks). Used soil from my old vegatble garden (sandy loam) will additional coarse sand and a couple bags of rock. I think it should have pretty good drainage and has already gotten rained on pretty well (with more forcast this week) to settle it down. If I do manage to get down to the Connecticut CSS show and sale this weekend I'll most likey end up coming home with a couple plants plus the nuseries are starting to open around here and some have locally grown hardys (although I have no way of knowing if they are grown exposed to our weather) and may pick up a plant or two there.
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Postby Andy_CT » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:14 pm

Sounds good, post some pics when its planted.
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Postby RayC » Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:41 pm

While everything else is still in winter mode, this one pad (just to right of center) appears to one to awaken early. I just noticed it sunday stucking up instead of flat to ground.

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Postby Andy_CT » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:21 pm

I've got a few that are curling toward the sun. To my surprise one fragilis is actually plumping up already!
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Postby daiv » Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:36 am

Almost time guys!!!
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Postby RayC » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:10 pm

daiv wrote:Almost time guys!!!


Yup, and it will be more interesting for me as this is my first year with over wintered plants (waiting to see for sure what may or may not have made it)

Of course in the mean time its nice to see everyone elses pics from warmer climes.
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Postby daiv » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:06 pm

First time over winter? Ok well you're going to feel a whole lot better in a month or so.

Even when you know better it is so hard to see them in the first of spring. You can't help but think to yourself "oh man that looks bad!"

But come june when flowers and new pads are going crazy, you just can't believe it!
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Postby RayC » Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:13 pm

Managed to get the new section planted 4/10.
I'd obtained a:
C. missouriensis (still flattened when I got it, fat now)
O.Smithwick(2 of them) now fattening up

E. triglochidiatus

O imbricata
All from John Spains cold hardy table at show.
Also from coldhardycactus I'm trying:
O. polyacantha ‘Taylor’s Red’
O. rhodantha ‘Drama Queen’
O. polyacantha ‘Nebraska Orange’
O. hybrid 'Red Gem'
Also managed to pickup localy:
o.ellisiana

Hopefully some (at least) of these will grow and make it through next winter :) . I'll try to get a pic or 2 in time.

Also for the plants that have gone through a winter here and are slowly awakening, I am guessing (as its been pretty slow to warm up this spring) they may react more to length of day then warmth.
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Postby Andy_CT » Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:25 pm

RayC wrote:Managed to get the new section planted 4/10.
I'd obtained a:
C. missouriensis (still flattened when I got it, fat now)
O.Smithwick(2 of them) now fattening up

E. triglochidiatus

O imbricata
All from John Spains cold hardy table at show.
Also from coldhardycactus I'm trying:
O. polyacantha ‘Taylor’s Red’
O. rhodantha ‘Drama Queen’
O. polyacantha ‘Nebraska Orange’
O. hybrid 'Red Gem'
Also managed to pickup localy:
o.ellisiana


Nice line up. My "Red Gem" rotted over the winter :(
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