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ALove4Green
Dec 24, 2016 2:31 PM CST
Hello everyone,
I am a lover of all things natural but unfortunately I am not versed in the names of plants. My wife's life has been about plants but she is out of town and we have a freeze coming. I would very much appreciate some help identifying some of these if at all possible so that I can look up what temperatures they can handle without harm coming to them. Thank you so very much in advance.



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Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Dec 24, 2016 2:40 PM CST
Welcome!

I'm sure we can figure them out, but we'll need some pictures.

Worst case, do you have a protected area that you can put them all in?
Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Dec 24, 2016 2:45 PM CST
Very nice of you to care enough to get some info and protect them. We (everyone here) would love to help with pics, as Rick mentioned. Another option would be maybe to ask your wife (if possible) and she may be able to tell you directly which ones need protecting.
I am not an early bird or a night owl--I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon
Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Dec 24, 2016 2:51 PM CST
JamesAcclaims said:... Another option would be maybe to ask your wife (if possible) and she may be able to tell you directly which ones need protecting.


And you'll score some 'points' because you cared enough about her plants to ask' Smiling

ALove4Green
Dec 24, 2016 2:54 PM CST
I have tried now three times to upload the images to the post. I cannot seem to get it to work. Can you upload multiple images at once?
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sooby
Dec 24, 2016 2:57 PM CST
Welcome! When you click on "Upload an image" underneath the text box what happens next? It may also help to know if you're using a mobile device or a computer. Then we can try and figure out what's going wrong.
Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Dec 24, 2016 2:58 PM CST
Yes, you can uploaded multiple photos all at the same time. What kind of device are you using/trying to upload photos from?

*cross-posted with Sooby* ("great minds", Sue)
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DaisyI
Dec 24, 2016 2:59 PM CST
Yes, you can upload multiple images but it seems to stall out at 3 or 4. Try uploading one at a time. Be patient. It takes a minute or so.
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ALove4Green
Dec 24, 2016 3:05 PM CST
So you cannot upload many pictures at once evidently. Two pictures at once worked but it was slower than just adding them each individually. Thank you so much for your help!

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ALove4Green
Dec 24, 2016 3:07 PM CST
lol This is a big list. So if you dont want to help with all then that is very understandable. But any help would be great.
Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Dec 24, 2016 3:21 PM CST
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I won't be of much help with all of the other succulents or cacti, however, this pachypodium does not tolerate cold very well. They can survive dropping below the freezing point, but will start to be damaged around 28 and below, especially if there is heavy moisture in the air or if there is any precipitation mixed with the below freezing temps. There have been some reports of them surviving further below, however, I have also seen damage on them even at the 32F mark. It really depends on all of the variables. I personally would not risk it, but mine is one of my favorite plants.
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RickM
Dec 24, 2016 3:34 PM CST
How cold is it supposed to get? What city & state are you in?

ALove4Green
Dec 24, 2016 3:45 PM CST

RickM - The next week will be between 30-35 degrees on the low side.

JamesAcclaims - Thank you so much! Yea, this one is special for us as well. I picked it out for her. She is a desert soul and I grew up on the beach so when I saw something that looked kinda like a palm cactus I had to get it.

Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Dec 24, 2016 3:50 PM CST
Thanks, the temps help. Are you in an 'open' area, or protected on one or more side by geography. That makes a difference as to how close you actually get to that 30° mark.


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SunnyBorders
Dec 24, 2016 3:52 PM CST
In our plant hardiness zone (Cdn 5b), all of these (except the lavender #13), would be taken as house plants (certainly indoor over winter). Just two of the species of Opuntia (prickly pear) (e.g. #7) are native to Southern Ontario.

The majority of these plants were introduced from South Africa, Madagascar and Mexico and the U.S. South West. For instance, both The Pachypodium lemeri and Euphobia milii (splendens) (latter, #1) are Madagascan in origin.
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ALove4Green
Dec 24, 2016 4:12 PM CST
RickM - I would consider it an open area for sure if by "open" you mean that there are no hills or mountains nearby.

SunnyBorders - Thank you so much. Now I know what some of those are. I knew those two were in the prickly pear family but I did not know know the other two you named off. When JamesAcclaims told me the family name of the Pachypodium I hunted around and came to the conclusion that it was of the Lemeri variety. I had no idea what the Euphobia milii v splendens was until now. That one is mine and I love it. Ehh, the lavender I feel stupid for forgetting. My plan is to make a log of all the names everyone gives me so that I can make a pamphlet on each plants needs and temperature ranges. My wife might not need it but I think it would be handy for her anyway and it would be absolutely necessary for me. Plus I might get a few kisses which makes the effort totally worth it. Smiling Thank you very much.
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 24, 2016 4:36 PM CST
With that range of low temps I would think you could pull all the pots in close to the house - the south side would be preferred as it will be warmest - and group them together then just drape an old sheet or blanket over them for the nights. The warmth radiating up from the ground or from the house wall will keep them above freezing through the night. If it's windy, you can fasten the covering material to the heavier pots with clothes pins or bulldog clips, or just stand the pots on top of the corners of the cover to hold in place.

I wouldn't worry about the lavender plant, but the succulents (those ones with fleshy leaves) don't like to freeze at all. You should take the pachypodiums into the house.
Elaine

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porkpal
Dec 24, 2016 5:09 PM CST
If you feel you need extra heat, a string of Christmas lights under the sheet will help. Use the old ones whose bulbs get hot to the touch.
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Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Dec 24, 2016 5:12 PM CST
If you don't mind, what state do you live in, @ALove4Green ? Your wife has some beautiful succulents. She must take good care of them. Thumbs up
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ALove4Green
Dec 24, 2016 5:51 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy - I tried that last freeze and the sheets froze to the plants over night and the pachypodium and the Euphobia milii both got damaged. I just didn't want to risk it again with the other plants.

porkpal - That is a great idea with the lights. I will be doing that for sure if I go the sheet route again.

JamesAcclaims - I live in north central California in Zone 9b. Yea, she loves her babies that is for sure. She majored in botany with a specialization in sustainable agriculture. Plants are her thing for sure.

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