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Sep 18, 2016 9:05 AM CST
Can this catus survive staying outdoors all year in north new jersey? Just wondering if it can take the winters.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 19, 2016 2:06 PM CST
I wouldn't gamble on it !
Looks like a succulent.
Ohh ! 😬 Freeze me !
I turn to mush along with snow !!!
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Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents
Sep 19, 2016 2:09 PM CST
It looks like a species of prickly pear (a cactus, which is technically a sucuclent). I'd say no on the leaving it outdoors. The more spines present on a cactus, generally means it'd more able to handle cold (the spines help protect it). Yours is pretty naked for a lack of a better word. I'm not sure what cacti would do well in your NJ winters.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Sep 19, 2016 3:24 PM CST

A lot of cactus will handle the cold - even being frozen for months at a time. There are native Prickly Pears growing all the way up into Canada. What they don't handle is a lot of moisture.

That said, your's is one that will drop dead the minute the temps hit about 35. Crying
Name: kathy
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Sep 19, 2016 5:29 PM CST
Now that we know it shouldn't stay outside, where to put it for the winter! Check with your local senior rec center. I run a travel office at a senior rec center and invite my seniors to bring in their over-winter tender plants. I always can find a window for them.
Katesgarden, zone 4b, michigan
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Sep 19, 2016 5:33 PM CST
What a cool idea Kate! I know a lot of greenhouses rent winter space but I've not met someone who is kind enough to take plants in and then care for them.

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