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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 7, 2016 9:35 AM CST
What varieties of barrel catus can take temps down to 18 F. ???
Thats the coldest i can remember it ever getting hear in Fresno CA.
Thanks !
PS: please dont refer me to some long-winded web site !
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse Sempervivums
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Nov 7, 2016 9:40 AM CST
Hi Philip, I have Golden Barrel (Echinocactus grusonii) cacti in my yard in Phoenix, AZ. They are hardy down to about 15 degrees F if they are dry. I don't water them at all in the winter. They only get an occasional small bit of rain.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 7, 2016 10:56 AM CST
A lot of the Echinocereus are cold hardy to much lower than 18 degrees. Two of my favorites are Strawberry Hedgehog (Echinocereus engelmannii) and Claret Cup (Echinocereus coccineus). They are both native to the American west. I know, no long reading assignments but here is a page from my favorite nursery, Cold Hardy Cactus. You can read a page....

There are a ton of cold hardy cactus - I have a cactus garden here in Zone Reno but Echinocereus are the best barrels.
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