Cactus and Succulents forum: Cacti/succulent species growing in ground

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Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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skopjecollection
Dec 15, 2019 6:07 AM CST
Please sate my curiosity.
Does anyone have or seen the following species grown in the ground(btw, not wild species or in habitat):
Setiechinopsis mirabilis
Gymnocalycium stenoplerum/mihanovichii
Gymnocalycium damsii
Matucana species
Echinopsis ferox
Echinopsis pentlandii
Graptopetalum paraguayense
Graptoetalum bellum
Rhipsalis species(and lepisimium species)
Pachypodium saundersii
Red blooming / core parodias(microsperma, maasii, comarapana , hasselbergii)
Astrophytutum asterias
Echinocactus horizonthalonius
Lederbouria socialiss
This is the initial list. Id like to "meet" these plants when they are planted in the soil.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Dec 15, 2019 10:23 AM CST
My Ledebouria socialis dropped seeds on the ground from the container they were growing in - two separate locations. A number of those seeds sprouted and I had two little colonies of the plants growing. They lived through several winters, but the more exposed one got eliminated during a winter where there were a lot of consecutive hours of below freezing temperatures. The one more protected against the east side of the garage lost some plants at that time, but survived until we received a record breaking spell that dropped below 0F for a few hours.

I didn't actually see it, but the source where these were obtained said they grew them outdoors along a walkway and they survived there for several years. My experience makes me think they could be grown outdoors in a climate with only moderate freezing temperatures that were of short duration. Mulching would likely help.

Both spots had mulch to an extent. The more exposed one was just pine bark. The more protected one against the outside wall collects oak leaves which constantly blow up against it. Loose oak leaves trap a lot of warmth (which allows a lot of winter protection for a lot of chewing insects, unfortunately) and those that decompose leave sort of a natural mulch at the soil line. Both the spots were also under the canopy of deciduous oaks, though early morning sun was direct on both and some later afternoon sun was direct on the more exposed group. I made zero effort to help them establish and grow. They were entirely on their own.

FWIW
Donald
Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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skopjecollection
Dec 15, 2019 10:29 AM CST
Thank you @needrain. I intend to learn about growing plants in the ground that are usually seen(by me at least ) in pots, and not on the ground. While i can guess various reasons on the "why not", im also interested with the "what if".
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Dec 15, 2019 12:12 PM CST
Sorry, some of them I have but all in containers, they will not stand our wet winters here if in ground.
Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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skopjecollection
Dec 15, 2019 12:26 PM CST
Im well aware of that. Tis actually the reason im asking. A lot of these species, even among zone 10 and above growers, are pot-only plants.
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