I live in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
It's a USDA zone 5 (or -20 C min). We are famous of having cold,
harsh, extended, below-freezing temperature during winter. Not to
mention about the wind and the amount of snow we get every year. I
have a passion for exotic plants, especially cacti and succulents. I
grow them all over my window sill and under fluorescence light. (I
have place to put them outside as well.) My plants are healthy and
give beautiful flowers at different times of the year.
outside. It is a cold hardy yucca. (It is about 30 years old. And it
gave beautiful blossoms this summer too.)
test plants in their new home
September 01 2003 The cacti are here! Thank you so very much. They're
lovely. Some of them are 'top heavy' and need some bamboo sticks for
support. Once they're familiar with the new environment, I'll put them
outside according to the instruction on your website.
November 04 2003 ...The
are still alive and healthy as of now! I have been taking care of them
more carefully than any other of my own cacti. They have survived the
low temp of 28 F in October. I actually planted them outside in the
ground. I made sand mound so they stay up high and dry. I built a
shelter made of a clear plastic saucer that allows sunlight to pass thru
but prevents cacti from direct rainfalls. (I have mentioned it in a
written report as well.) It seemed to work great. We have quite an
unexpectedly wet Fall season. The rainfalls in Nov already set a new
record of 2.2".
(Temp tonight is around 39F.) The rain has been continuously pouring
down since Saturday night (Nov 1) and it will continue until at least
tomorrow (Nov 4) evening. I don't know if I should dig them up and put
them in the pot until the rain's gone. Or should I leave it outside on
the sand mound like this? They are relatively dry in comparison to the
area around it.Eric