Winter protection

Cold hardy desert plants etc.

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Winter protection

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Yucca rostrata still looking good. We've had a low of 2 F so far with about 6 days straight of below freezing temps.

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I think this is an opuntia englemanni. It was drooping in this picture and now it's mostly covered in snow. Not sure if it will survive but I thought I'd give it a try.

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Here's how I decided to protect the hesperaloe this year. We'll see what happens.

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Here's a few more. This is my yucca gloriosa going w/o protection. The leaves were looking a little stressed during the long freeze.
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Here's my yucca faxoniana. I'm going to move it next year.
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Here it is with it's moisture protection. I've been checking it and it still appears healthy.
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Post by DesertZone »

I have done similar protection with good results. :D
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Post by cuja1 »

Most of my desert stuff was protected like this last year and did fine. The only new things are the faxoniana and the hesperaloe. I was wandering if the garbage can would retain enough heat for it but it's getting too wide and high to protect with storage containers.
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Post by chadec »

Very nice, thats exactly the same method im using for my cacti.
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chadec wrote:Very nice, thats exactly the same method im using for my cacti.
Thanks! I'm always for the safe and easy method! :D
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Post by Henoh_Croatia »

Well done! Here is my construction for rain cover.
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Nice! I'm surprised that you need protection is zone 7b
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Post by hardyjim »

Looks good....one of the biggest issues(possibly only issue)for cold hardy succulents(etc)
is winter moisture...you set up eliminates this and allows the plant to get fresh air.

Probably only need a thick blanket over them if it gets below zero-
Anytime an upright Opuntia starts to fall over in winter it is not a good sign
although it may live they tend to have issues once they get established
because the roots are to efficient-they really need to be bone dry heading into winter.
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Post by lucky1 »

Jeff, spectacular y. rostrata.

Henoh, nice spot.
Your rostrata looks good too.

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hardyjim wrote:Looks good....one of the biggest issues(possibly only issue)for cold hardy succulents(etc)
is winter moisture...you set up eliminates this and allows the plant to get fresh air.

Probably only need a thick blanket over them if it gets below zero-
Anytime an upright Opuntia starts to fall over in winter it is not a good sign
although it may live they tend to have issues once they get established
because the roots are to efficient-they really need to be bone dry heading into winter.
Yeah, If it survives I think I might put a trash can over it next year. The soil is about 66% pea gravel and 33% sand. so it's not bone dry but it doesn't retain much moisture either.
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Thanks Barb! I was thinking mine looks similar in size to the ones you have.
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Post by chadec »

Yes, very nice rostrata. Mine suffered an attack by unknown pest, but will live. My opuntia lay down every winter and stand up every spring. I know their roots stay too wet though because my 7' yucca fell over in the fall.
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Post by lucky1 »

my 7' yucca fell over in the fall.
:shock: So, did it survive?

We've often wondered about pests on yuccas.
From what I recall, everybody said bugs don't bother yuccas.
We're even hoping ants might become polllinators for those of us where yucca moths don't exist.
Any guess what might have attacked yours? caterpillars? grasshoppers?

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chadec wrote:Yes, very nice rostrata. Mine suffered an attack by unknown pest, but will live. My opuntia lay down every winter and stand up every spring. I know their roots stay too wet though because my 7' yucca fell over in the fall.
Did the rostrata rot? My opuntia seems to get up a little when it warms up above 32F.
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The rostrata is surviving and producing new growth. Yuccas are very prone to pest attack. The yucca afloifolia rotted. It was a branch I had rooted and shaped like a S by repeatedly digging it up and rotating it. I hav since ripped out all the roots. And will be planting something else there next yr. The yucca has been cut back to 3' and is readyto start over :D
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Barb, not sure about yuccas but I have witnessed ants on agaves in bloom. Tony (Plant Delights nursery) and I had a conversation about the ants cross pollinating agaves in bloom in his yard a couple yrs ago. He felt very strongly for cross pollinating by ants. And I was all ears. :D
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not sure about yuccas but I have witnessed ants on agaves in bloom. Tony (Plant Delights nursery) and I had a conversation about the ants cross pollinating agaves in bloom in his yard a couple yrs ago. He felt very strongly for cross pollinating by ants. And I was all ears
Agaves ... probably very sweet nectar to attract ants.
By the way, got my 3 y.rostratas from Tony @ Plant Delights.
Fabulous seedlings on arrival, well grown.
Plus I love reading Tony's humor sprinkled throughout his catalogue.

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