I see a number of our Texas folks over on the cacti and succulents forum, so I thought I would ask my question over here since I'm looking for suggestions specific to the weather conditions in North Texas. I would like to add a few more cacti to my container garden, and I don't want to overwinter them indoors. I do pull them up under a south facing covered area so that they will get good sun during the winter but also stay dry. I will also cover them if it is going to get extremely cold.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm also open to other interesting succulents that will can handle similar conditions.
If you'll check out the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society web page, you'll find lots of good information about cold hardy cactus, etc. This page would be very useful to someone looking for cold hardy cactus. Jeff Pavlat has spoken to our garden club about what to grow here. I'm sure you'll find his recommendations helpful. Let me know if you can't open the link.
TX horse crippler
Echinocereus: coccineus, reichenbachii(several varieties), russanthus, triglochidiatus(several varieties), viridiflorus
Mammillaria: heyderi, grahamii, pottsii
Escobaria: minima, missouriensis, sneedii, vivipara bisbeeana
These have survived well outdoors for me. I didn't cover their bed this year so spring will tell how well they did. Those are the ones I can think of. I find the Echinocereus to be hardy in the extreme if you get the right species/varieties.
I have others that are iffy during one of our really cold winters.
I have some mesembs outside but I haven't really tried them more than this winter.
Their plants are usually small and sometimes, usually, they don't have all of what I order. I like them for the variety but it can be irritating to mail in the order and not find out what is available until you receive it. Have you checked out miles to go nursery. Not as much variety but I have always gotten really nice big specimens from there.
There is one species native to TX that has no spines. A few small glochids but spineless. There are also some varieties (odd balls) of some that are nearly spineless too.
Opuntia ellisiana is the one I have.
No thanx- yet- have to have a place to plant it that I can let it grow, chuckl, my dau would wait til i was gone and add it to a bonfire- she fell in one when younger and considrrs them 'plants with thorns that must be KILLED' lists.
I placed orders with Miles 2 Go and Mesa Garden. I probably ordered too many, but there are so many nice cacti and they really are quite affordable from those sources. I'll post a picture once I get them all potted up and on display.
I am keeping the astrophytum myriostigma and titanopsis calcarea indoors, but am planning to let the rest fend for themselves. The strongest will survive! :)
I will be keeping them out of the rain, and hopefully a bit warmer, in my south facing covered patio area. I can move them into my garage if things are going to get cold for an extended period or too extremely cold.
I suspect they are mostly pretty small and you will plant them in pots that are appropriate for that. I found however that even cactus in small pots in full sun here will cook. One year I placed mulch in a long white planter and put the small pots into that to protect them. Just keep in mind if the pot is too hot the roots will die back, I have unfortuantely experienced that for myself.