Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Opuntia seedlings - now what?

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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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Oct 14, 2013 10:56 AM CST
I got about 3-4 pots with different hardy Opuntia seedlings.
Problem is, winter's near. What do I do?
Plant them in the garden against harsh elements (rain, snow, freezing temps)?
Or keep them in pots? Where? Inside, or on the balcony (really cold, but I don't think it freezes if windows are closed)

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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Oct 14, 2013 2:17 PM CST
My guess is to keep protected inside in a cool spot. They are too tender to go out yet. Some might live but most will die. Keep inside, most will live.
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Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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a2b1c3
Oct 14, 2013 2:37 PM CST
leave them inside untill spring then plant them in gravel outside
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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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Oct 15, 2013 12:13 AM CST
Thanks.
Problem is... inside it's either like I said on the balcony (all enclosed in glass).
Really cold as there is no heating there, but if windows are all closed, it will be just above freezing.
In the apt, it's gonna be too warm for them. You know, "room temperature".
It's not really hot (I watch the heating bills) but it may be a bit too warm for them.
Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Oct 15, 2013 2:12 PM CST
Cactus love hot weather. Room temp is ok for them. Better then freezing.
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 15, 2013 5:08 PM CST
Create a miniature garden with them. Hit the ends of the thorns with a tiny drop of white glue, and attach sequins. Sit in a tiny thrift store Santa and enjoy!
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Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Southwest Gardening
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Oct 15, 2013 6:55 PM CST
Create a miniature garden with them. Hit the ends of the thorns with a tiny drop of white glue, and attach sequins. Sit in a tiny thrift store Santa and enjoy!
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. good idea
they will be super happy on a enclosed balcony with no rain and just above freezing. I THINK that every opuntia that exists will be fine at freezing and dry. When i try to grow them in little pots inside the house they are puny but in big pots outside or in ground they will be impressive.
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Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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a2b1c3
Oct 15, 2013 6:58 PM CST
rember that alot of the hardy opuntia are from the intermountain region of the usa (between cascades and rocky mtns ) so cold plains that are somewhat hot and very dry all summer. My understanding is that in nature alot of these opuntias stay under several feet of snow for over half the year so right around freezing.
good luck if in doubt split the cactus and do half and half
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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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Oct 16, 2013 12:28 AM CST
DavidofDeLand said:Create a miniature garden with them. Hit the ends of the thorns with a tiny drop of white glue, and attach sequins. Sit in a tiny thrift store Santa and enjoy!


Hehehe, very funny David!
:)

I think I'll just follow the next advise, and keep them COOL and let them rest till spring :)
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 16, 2013 7:50 AM CST
This is a picture of the Opuntia in my front yard...I'm going to make jelly with the hundreds of fruits this year. It goes right through the freezes we have in the Winters here, which I know are nothing like yours in Romania. They get leggy and stretch really fast if they don't get tons of sunlight. Do you ever use growlights?

The cool thing is they can be kept smaller, beautiful and bushy in containers with paddle pinching Smiling
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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Oct 16, 2013 11:43 PM CST
Whoooo...
Nice.
No. I don't use growlights. I don't want to turn my apt. into a lab.
That is why sometimes I am unsuccessful (like I am now with some Venus fly trap seeds - I never seem to be able to germinate carnivorous plants) and sometimes I throw away plants that start to look like Zombies (too dark and too cold winters).

Problem is, I've seen some cute pics of Chameleons, and I don't know why, but I want one. And the DO require a mini-lab.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 17, 2013 11:27 AM CST
See there! You may as well let your apartment become a Romanian Rainforest lab. I see a new future thread...

"Calin's altogether unusual and fascinating Romanian Rainforest"!

Grow lights can be fun, and there is always a way to incorporate and frame them that can be attractive! Thumbs up

Chameleons are great!

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