Cacti recommendations

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

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.

http://austincss.com/Cold%20Hardy%20Cacti%20&%20Succulents%2003-11.pdf

Arlington, TX

TX horse crippler
Echinocereus: coccineus, reichenbachii(several varieties), russanthus, triglochidiatus(several varieties), viridiflorus
Mammillaria: heyderi, grahamii, pottsii
Escobaria: minima, missouriensis, sneedii, vivipara bisbeeana
Coryphantha: sulcata
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.

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Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

I have a spineless prickly pear and a Cholla and they both take the cold and heat just fine.

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm getting a list together for what I want to order, and it looks like mesagarden.com has a lot of the ones I am looking for.

Arlington, TX

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.
C

Arlington, TX

I can mail you the Cholla and spineless prickly pear but I suspect you already have those?

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

I will check out Miles to Go. I had been looking there, too. Good to know that they ship bigger specimens.

I'm all set for cholla and prickly pear. Thanks!

Arlington, TX

I forgot H. hamatacanthus. (sometimes Ferocactus). I have had one of those outside for years. It is still small but I like the spine structure and yellow flowers. It has proven to be very hardy.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

How did you manage to get a spineless prickly pear- and keep it spineless? Or am i meaning thornless? All of mine revert to heavy thorns...

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Mine are spineless and have been that way for at least 10 years. No big or small spines.

Arlington, TX

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.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanx. Will look for that one.

Arlington, TX

I have it all over, want me to mail you a couple pads?
C

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

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.

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

My cacti came in. They shipped bareroot, and I potted them up but haven't watered them yet. I've read some pages that recommend not watering them for a while. What do you guys do?

Arlington, TX

They can wait several days but were probably pretty dry by the time they arrived.

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks for the advice. This is my first experience with bare root succulents and I am a bit nervous about root rot.

Arlington, TX

Then don't water for a few days, it won't hurt them at all. Keep in mind they have been uprooted and packed and mailed, so they have already been drying a while. What did you get?

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

A slew of tiny cacti (tiny for now, at least)...

coryphantha echinus
echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. baileyi
echinocereus triglochidiatus v. gonacanthus "White Sands form"
epithelantha micromeris
mammilaria sphaerica
echinocereus chloranthus v cylindricus
echinocactus grusonii
mammilaria pottsii

And a few miscellaneous...

ariocarpus fissuratus
astrophytum myriostigma
titanopsis calcarea
agave schidigera

Arlington, TX

How fun. I have most of those. I accidentally collected a M. pottsii from west TX, the rest I bought. Are all of those hardy enough to keep outdoors in winter if kept dry?
C

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

Arlington, TX

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.
C

Brazos Valley, TX

not sure if agave is considered a catctus or not... mine don't care if its 112 or snowing...they keep on growing, needs lots of room though

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

Finally got everything potted up and set out. Here is my agave and cacti collection.

Arlington, TX

How pretty is that. Keep in mind if the pots are small they can easily overheat and kill the roots. I have learned this the hard way. I know you will enjoy them all.
C

Grapevine, TX(Zone 8a)

I'm thinking about upsizing some of the pot sizes based on your recommendations. :)

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Beautiful, Dennis, looks really great.

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