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Post by Ralf » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:18 pm

Believe it or not it's possible to cultivate hardy cacti outdoor in Germany. With some rules and rain protection during the winter it's usually easy to do.
Enjoy it.

Opuntia fragilis


Opuntia hystricina "Muenchen"

Echinocereus coccineus

Opuntia fragilis "Typ 111"

Echinocereus caespitosus var. minor

Echinocereus baileyi

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Post by RayC » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:01 pm

WOW, very nice indeed

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Post by daiv » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:54 pm

Very well put together. Excellent arrangement of plants and rocks. Good contrast of color too!
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Post by iann » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:58 pm

Excellent, that's some very hardy cacti :)

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Post by CoronaCactus » Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:09 pm

Great garden, Ralf! Beautiful plants.
I like cold hardy gardens, so many Opuntia possibilities :lol:

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Post by Andy_CT » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:35 am


Maybe someday I'll try to protect mine from winter precipitation but I'm a purist I guess, only the toughest survive.

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Post by Tony » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:39 am

Very Nice! :D
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Post by peterb » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:56 am

Beautiful, Ralf! Look forward to more pics. Love those small Opuntia.

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Post by tumamoc » Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:38 pm

That is some outstanding photography.

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Post by Charles » Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:16 am

You and I have a lot in common. I grow hardy cactus in Reno, NV USA. What grows here grows in Germany, I think. I used to grow mostly Opuntia but found that many other cacti will tolerate harsh conditions. I only have a tiny number of Opuntia now. You have some nice plants.

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Post by Arjen » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:57 am

indeed, they all look very good! what do you do to shelter them if needed? and where in germany do you live? I would guess conditions could be quite the same as here.
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Post by cactuslee » Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:04 pm

nice cacti you have done a wonderful job there

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Post by paulzie32 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:58 pm

Beautiful Garden! I'm Jealous!

Andy_Ct. You can have a garden just as nice and without protection in winters. I lived in Orange County, NY many years ago and had a great cold hardy garden. As long as there is good drainage (raised beds help), your plants should be fine! There's Plenty of cold hardy cactus gardeners in Connecticut.
If you want a good Cold Hardy Cactus Mailing list/Group, I can send you a link... Some really great people with Lots of Super Advice! They're the ones that helped me when I first discovered there were more cold hardy plants than just O. humifusa.


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Post by Charles » Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:07 pm

Please send me that cold hardy cactus group list.

I have a cold hardy cactus garden and with few Opuntia. I usyually have tons of seeds too if anyone wants them. My seeds are free and hardy.

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