growing cactus - Knowledgebase Question

Matteson, Il
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Question by ruugly2
July 8, 2008
I'm looking for cactus plants that will grow in my Chicagoland area. I want outside plants. My area has lots of clay in the ground. Thanks so much for your help!

Answer from NGA
July 8, 2008
There are a few winter hardy cacti that you should be able to grow outdoors in your region. Prickly pear is the most common. Other hardy varieties include the claret cup cactus (Echinoceres), and spiny star (Coryphanta). It's not the cold that bothers them, it's the soil drainage. Soggy roots will cause root rot in no time at all. So prepare the soil well by incorporating sand and gravel so the site will drain quickly and be sure your cacti get a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunshine.

Best wishes with your new cacti!

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