November 2021 - Hardy succulents and cacti

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November 2021 - Hardy succulents and cacti

Post by edds » Mon Nov 01, 2021 8:59 pm

With the first frosts due for many this week, I thought perhaps we could celebrate hardy succulents and cacti that stay outside all year for you.

It could be your favourite one, your most unusual or the most uncommon one or just the most surprising one that is hardy! It doesn't need to have been photographed now, please feel free to post them in summer glory and winter wraps!
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Re: November 2021 - Hardy succulents and cacti

Post by Davey246 » Mon Nov 01, 2021 9:19 pm

Pediocactus and Sedum
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Post by edds » Mon Nov 01, 2021 9:32 pm

Davey246 wrote:
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Pediocactus and Sedum
This is for our monthly photo competition Davey so please add photos of your plants and I'll pick the winner in a month's time! They then get to choose the next topic.
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Post by Jim_Mercer » Tue Nov 02, 2021 5:43 pm

From March 2013, melting snow revealing some sempervivums
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Post by juster » Sat Nov 13, 2021 12:43 pm

Here’s Sempervivum arachnoideum in its Summer glory, although no Winter pictures. It survives OK outside, but I often think that it’s more at risk from being too wet than from the cold.
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Post by Pattock » Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:23 pm

At the moment, Sempervivum look good for taking the prize this month.

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Post by Jim_Mercer » Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:21 pm

Pattock wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:23 pm
At the moment, Sempervivum look good for taking the prize this month.
Just to be different Crassula sarcocaulis
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All the above have proved hardy but there is one that I have to keep a plant or two in my greenhouse as this plant seldom survives even the milder winters we now seem to get
Crassula sarcocaulis ISI 99-41 HBG 67843 original plant was collected from Mpumulango (Transvaal) then Huntington Gardens propagated it before offering plants via ISI distribution - the Huntington label came with a plant subsequently identified as a Sedum, but thanks to this forum I was able to obtain the correct plant
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Re: November 2021 - Hardy succulents and cacti

Post by MikeT » Sat Nov 27, 2021 10:18 pm

The view out of the window this morning prompted me to take some photos.
This was this morning..
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..and the same plants (there are 2 in the pot) last December...
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It looked a bit happier last June
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Some of the other Opuntias were covered by snow this morning, this one's peeking out
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Sedum confusum keeps its head above any snow
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This morning's view of an offset from the Agave filifera which is now flowering. It's been in a trough since 2005, so not a lot of growth in 16 years
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This is it in 2008
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It's not just snow they have to contend with. Older photos show that some frosting can look quite good
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The spines are less impressive in summer. Looks somewhatstressed - not exactly enjoying life.
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Another Chamaecereus in the frost
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Opuntias can also look good with frosted spines
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Some plants look better in summer. This humifusa is one that seems to enjoy outdoor life, rather than simply surviving
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The Sedum hispanicum hitching a ride in the pot is usually a biennial. It's already finished flowering, the seed capsules aren't quite ripe
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All of these have been growing outdoors for some years now, so has this Delosperma
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This Bergeranthus was photographed a few years ago in the greenhouse, but for some years now it's been at the edge of a cold frame, with the side removed, so getting snow or winter rain on it at times for several years.
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This Echinocereus lasted some years, but then succumbed to the attempt at outdoor life
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All the plants so far are container grown on the garage roof. I have two reasons for avoiding planting in the ground. There is more sun on the garage roof, neighbour's trees shade much of the garden. The other reason is slugs and snails. Cacti with slug holes in them don't do well in winter. There are a few succulents in the garden. Slugs don't seem at all attracted to Crassula sarcocaulis. It always looks good, whatever the weather at any time of year
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So when the usual greenhouse design flaw is a problem (they're made too small), try growing succulents outdoors.
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Re: November 2021 - Hardy succulents and cacti

Post by Paul in Essex » Sun Nov 28, 2021 9:20 am

That's a great selection of cacti and succulents, Mike!

Here's a couple of pictures from August. :)
Firstly Agave gentryi. Looks to me like it is heavily pregnant so at it's absolute zenith.
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Here Euphorbia clavarioides var truncata that has spread and molded itself over the rocks for the past 18 years.
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Here Nolina nelsonii, one of my favourite garden plants that is like a giant silver star burst.
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Re: November 2021 - Hardy succulents and cacti

Post by edds » Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:32 am

Thanks to those who posted - we seem to be going a bit quiet on here over the last few months!

My winner is this Opuntia from Mike. Something that many (outside of our members perhaps) wouldn't dream could stay outside all year and get frosted like this picture shows!
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Was hoping Paul would share some of his amazing plants too and I always love the semps and Crassula, thank you all for posting.

Over to you Mike for December.
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