OT: Cacti. Was: New member

Donald Barnett rakkasanbarnett@gmail.com
Wed, 07 Jan 2009 13:04:15 PST

I lived in Pueblo, CO a Zone 5b. I had well my parents have now over 217
species of cactus growing outside without protection. It narrows down to
selection of species locations. There are many many species that are cold
hardy. How much rain does indiana get annually? LOW Moisture is the key to
growing cacti.


On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 7:44 AM, J.E. Shields <jshields@indy.net> wrote:

> Hi Pam and Dennis,
> Pam, welcome to PBS.  It's a great group.
> OT Cacti:  Dennis, I grow some cacti outdoors here in central Indiana.  I
> have a feral Opuntia (not humifusa, maybe phaeacantha) from northern
> Indiana, some O. phaeacantha from my niece's neighborhood in Centennial,
> Colorado (a suburb southwest of Denver), and some tiny little things from
> High Country Gardens.
> The tiny ones include Escobaria sandbergii, Escobaria sneedii, Escobaria
> vivipara bisbeana, Opuntia whipplei, Opuntia viridiflora, Pediocactus
> simpsonii, Echinocereus coccineus, Echinocereus reichenbachii caespitosus,
> and Echinocereus viridiflorus.   The latter are currently undergoing their
> first winter outdoors in Indiana.  This is therefor an experiment, not a
> gardening recommendation.
> There are some pretty hardy cacti around.
> Regards,
> Jim Shields
> in central Indiana (USA)
> At 09:13 AM 1/7/2009 -0600, you wrote:
> >No, I don't grow my cactus outside, as I don't believe mine are hardy.
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