outside cactii - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sondrabags2
February 27, 2011
what kind outside cactii would do well in my area?One with style and color.


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Answer from NGA
February 27, 2011

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You'll need to amend your clayey soil with sand and gravel to provide good drainage in order to grow cacti (or you could plant them in containers and set them in your garden). Either way, you can grow Opuntia, Cylindropuntia, Agave, and Yucca. These are cold and rain/damp condition tolerant. Opuntia Engelmannii var. Linguiformis is a good choice, Opuntia Humifusa, or the Eastern Prickly Pear is native to Georgia, prickly pear Cow's Tongue is another good selection, and Yucca Rostrata develops multiple trunks. You might see other forms of cactus in your garden center and they'll be worth trying, as well.

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