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CactusPolecat
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PostSubject: Garden cacti.   Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:08 pm

I promised someone recently that I'd post pics of all the cacti growing in my garden...
So here they are, all except my Tricho schickendantzii's that enjoyed their own recent posting.














Hope you like these - they are all plants that have survived their first Tassie winter... in the next couple of days I will be planting out a Mamm. magnimamma, Noto. uebelmannianus and Echinopsis "Haku Jo".

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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:13 am

no rot, no bugs, no scars.....whats your secret?!?!?!?!

those look *amazing*...i got african land snails crawling all over mine in teh garden Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:43 am

The only one I lost this year was a Stenocereus pruinosus... I sort of expected it not to last long, (and it didn't... don't know if you don't try though). I had planted a couple of small Echinopsis "Jolly Blossom" offsets, and one of them got a bit of rot which surprised me... but it has survived okay. The only other problem was the two Echinopsis multiplex I planted split but they're doing okay too now, they would have to be among the hardiest of the cacti.. usually can't kill 'em with a stick! Smile


This rockery began in January this year with a pile of rocks and gravel, for a base material I used river/concreting gravel, lots of old potting mix I'd kept for the occasion and lots of old cow manure etc to build it up.

Here are some pics of the garden in progress...

Becacuse of the slope of my yard, the back corner has a depth of about 30-40cm

With the initial placing of rocks, ...even after the initial planting some of these got move or re-moved.
this is before/after the initial planting of some cacti... much more to go in yet!

Here 'tis in September at the beginning of spring...


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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:01 am

Oh, It just struck me that there are two Opuntias that are missing from the photo shoot, Rolling Eyes one is O. aciculata and the other has been id'd as a microdasys hybrid ...microdasys cv. "Caress" (without the little glochids)...



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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:25 am

Wow. That's a diverse collection, I just kept scrolling and it just kept going.

And the rockery is amazing. Would have taken quite some hours to plant that out no doubt.

Great result.
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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:16 pm

Thanks Squil, yeah it took a bit of time to make it all happen, but it was very much a labour of love.

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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:28 pm

Awsome CP, if only myne was as good as yours Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:34 pm

yes, very impressive. im honestly surprised how well stuff does outside in tassie Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:07 pm

Wow that's sweet. Good job. Very colourful.
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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:57 am

great seen the process as well!!!!

it's funny, Stenocereus pruinosus are one of the few cacti i can grown in ground here that survives the floods/rains well!
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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:11 am

Awesome CP. Do you have frosts where you live? If you do is your garden protected from them in winter? I would like to do a garden like that but I reckon the frost would kill quite a few cacti here.
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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:08 am

Thanks folk. I'm glad you like my garden... You'll be seeing a lot more of it in the future! Very Happy

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Awesome CP. Do you have frosts where you live? If you do is your garden protected from them in winter? I would like to do a garden like that but I reckon the frost would kill quite a few cacti here.

Hi Vicki, yes we get frosts here, though this winter was a bit warmer than is usual, so not as many frost this year. My garden is totall open to the elements... once a plant is put in there it's do or die! some of what I've planted there, are really experimental to test the plants survival in our climate... basically I want to know what will survive here.

Check out this Plant hardiness zone map. which based on average annual minimum temps throughout Australia, gives you an idea of how your area compares with others for plant hardiness, and also compares with the USDA zones.
Where I live is central north coast of Tas, which is zone 10 (minimum average temp of around -1 to -2.

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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:59 pm

Really nice CPC. I hope to get something like that started one day. A credit to you.
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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:56 am

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Really nice CPC. I hope to get something like that started one day. A credit to you.

Thanks Hellonasty, I've lived here in my current home now for about 18 years... and I've only just got round to it Shocked

...You can't rush these things you know, it takes careful planning and a lot of thought. Laughing Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:20 pm

and a LOTof heavy lifting.....i think i would've waited 18 years too if i saw all that work ahead of me Shocked

its paid off though!
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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:17 am

Kada wrote:
and a LOTof heavy lifting.....i think i would've waited 18 years too if i saw all that work ahead of me Shocked

its paid off though!


Very Happy

...well that's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it!! Laughing Laughing Laughing

...actually Kadathere is some heavy lifting involved, but these days it's more like a lot of heavy "sliding" (amid lots of grunts and groans).

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PostSubject: Re: Garden cacti.   Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:58 pm

Thanks for the info CP.
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