Monday, February 20, 2012

I think I lost no more than one plant this winter.

My biggest Y. rostrata

This guy looks like he wants warmer
Opuntia basilaris, a nice hardy form that my friend Jay sent me from Canada. And no they are not native to Canada.

Echinocereus reichenbachii
I believe I have lost more of these in the summer than the winter.  Our summers are drier than the native habitat and so these do better with some summer irrigation. 

Do not plant any of your southern natives in low areas that are wet and muddy in the winter.  Our northern prickly-pears do just fine in places like this, but a hedgehog cactus even hardy will rot.   

Shots of the new crowns on the big Yucca brevifolia. If you look very close at some of the leaves you can see light yellow spots from the cold.  The older and bigger the leaves get the more cold resistant they will be.

Nothing too worry about on these new crowns, all of them will do just fine this summer.

This is damage from last seasons winter.

Smaller Yucca brevifolia, should take off this summer.

This was a cactus I bought off e-bay.  It was suppose to be O. bigelovii, but looks a lot more like a O. ramosissima too me?  I don't see how anyone could think it was bigelovii?  Very cold hardy, so I think I will keep it.

Yucca brevifolia, loves it new place in the world!

Opuntia clavata

 This is a hardy cactus and I think the only reason it is rotting is because it is in a low area.
Wet cold feet in the winter = root-rot!

Echinocereus triglochidiatus mojavensis
This is one of my favorite hedge-hog cactus.  They are very hardy and do well in our dry summers.  I love the flowers, and so do the humming-birds. 

Echinocereus triglochidiatus inermis

 A cool little cactus my friend Jay sent me from Canada, not sure on the id?  I don't think its O. fragilis? 
I do however see some weeds that are going too die as soon as I'm done with this blog! 

New cactus bed, just enough for one or two new cactus.  This was the place I pulled the Yucca nana out of the ground from the last blog.

Y. gloriosa
A hardy form, but never have done much of anything.  They may need more water than I give them? 


  1. That is good news, and I agree with you on the low cholla you noted. Good news because Abq also had a persistent, 3-5F cooler than avg winter for most of it, following the knock-out 1F low in early Dec...and that which was "mild" never warmed up like it used to. Plants are really waking up here, now...hoping for a much nicer spring, with no mortality.

    You have some nice ones, and I think those joshuas look the best of your tree yuccas...but the others look decent, too.

  2. Thanks for the kind words! I hope one day too have a warm climate such as ABQ to grow a garden in. One day maybe on my land in AZ.

    I love growing hardy yuccas here in Idaho, but in a zone 5b it is a challenge.