cactus on the edge

Submitted by penstemon on Fri, 11/25/2011 - 09:10

A supposedly hardy form of Ferocactus hamatacanthus. It's still alive today, anyway.



Submitted by Weiser on Fri, 11/25/2011 - 18:13

Nice healthy plant by the look of it. I love the hooked spines on mature specimens.

Seeing it reminds me of yet another, I turned into a crispy critter. I nursed one along for two years and I do mean nursed but my efforts were not rewarded. Oh well it was worth a try. :rolleyes:

Submitted by penstemon on Fri, 11/25/2011 - 18:52

This came from YuccaDo. I bought two plants last year, overwintered them in the spare bedroom upstairs, gave one away, and planted the other.
I don't know .... the lack of winter damage after a succession of hard freezes is a good sign, but all of winter is still to come.
Success with the marginal cacti seems to center around zero organic matter in the soil, zero organic matter lying on top of the plants, zero moisture, and very brief snow cover.
Last three winters here have featured snow cover lasting for five months, incipient insanity on the part of the gardener, and lots of rotted plants.


Submitted by DesertZone on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 20:32

Cool keep us posted, I have tried them many times.  I think it would be great if someone found a hardy one. :)

Submitted by penstemon on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 14:35

I think I know what's going to happen ....