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Discuss hardy cacti grown outside all year.

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Postby Andy_CT » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:36 am

Looks real good Ray, your having a much much better year with the opuntias than me. Several plants including my biggest Humifusa were decimated this year by slugs.
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Postby RayC » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:41 am

I should have known better then to say anything about slugs not doing a lot of damage, checked this morning and found a hole straight through on new pad. I found the culprit or its sibling, this one won't do any more damage.
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Postby Andy_CT » Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:11 pm

RayC wrote:I should have known better then to say anything about slugs not doing a lot of damage, checked this morning and found a hole straight through on new pad. I found the culprit or its sibling, this one won't do any more damage.


They've nibbled and disfigured pretty much everything on my best humifusa :shock: I can't stop them, there are hundreds if not thousands of the slimeballs around. I'm picking 30-50 on wet mornings around the gardens and those are just the ones I can find. They appear to largely ignore the ortho slug bait I put out. The weather the last few days is not helping :evil: I'm seriously just about ready to quit with opuntias in the ground, I'm already in the process of moving smaller ones into pots on the deck.
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Postby John C » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:25 pm

Looking good!
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Postby ihc6480 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:59 pm

Andy_CT wrote:
RayC wrote:I should have known better then to say anything about slugs not doing a lot of damage, checked this morning and found a hole straight through on new pad. I found the culprit or its sibling, this one won't do any more damage.


They've nibbled and disfigured pretty much everything on my best humifusa :shock: I can't stop them, there are hundreds if not thousands of the slimeballs around. I'm picking 30-50 on wet mornings around the gardens and those are just the ones I can find. They appear to largely ignore the ortho slug bait I put out. The weather the last few days is not helping :evil: I'm seriously just about ready to quit with opuntias in the ground, I'm already in the process of moving smaller ones into pots on the deck.


Hey Andy,
Sad to hear about you thinking of giving up on in ground plants but I can see where you would be becoming aggrevated with the slugs destroying what you hope to enjoy someday.
Hopefully things will turn around for ya.
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Postby RayC » Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:30 am

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They do like the warmth and moisture, these 2 didn't have a good early evening
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Postby poobar » Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:09 am

Hey Ray, your garden is looking fantastic with some good new growth! Now I know to watch out for slugs....
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Postby RayC » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:19 pm

Dusting this topic off with a late winter 2010 (Mar 6th update). Appears almost everything isn't looking bad at all after going through the winter (of course there is still time for failure).
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The last pic is O. ellisiana
did not at all like being buried in snow and will likely be gone. Just have to find something else to try
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Postby Andy_CT » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:30 pm

Looks good, its always interesting to see phaeacanthas stay fairly plump throughout the winter.

I tried O. Ellisiana in the garage this year and its not a pretty sight :oops: It did fine in the basement the previous two winters.
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Postby RayC » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:56 pm

Andy_CT wrote:Looks good, its always interesting to see phaeacanthas stay fairly plump throughout the winter.



yep, from the looks of them you wouldn't think they even went through winter.

With a little warmth in the air and clear blue skies we have been seeing a few of the Humifusa pads are starting to curl up towards the sky already (a month earlier then last year)
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