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Winter test 2003: Individual participant card
Nr. 018    Ian Rabenda
Ontario ( Canada ) ~ Hamilton

CACTUS

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San Giovanni in Persiceto ITALY

The downtown city centre of Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada, with Hamilton Bay visible in the background. Hamilton is located at
the west end of Lake Ontario and is an industrial port city on the great
lakes. I live in the sprawling residential suburbs surrounding the city. Picture was taken in the afternoon July 26, 2003.
 
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E-mail cactusman@attcanada.net
I have attached two pictures of my winter hardy cactus beds here in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
HAMILTON : Located at about 43.30N 79.90W. Altitude about 92m / 301 feet  above sea level.
Average Temperature
 
  Year Jan  Feb Mar  Apr May Jun Jul Aug   Sep   Oct Nov Dec
C 7.9 -4.8  -4.8 -0.2  6.6 12.7 18.6 21.9 20.7 16.4 10.5 3.6  -2.3
F 46.2  23.4 23.4 31.6 43.9 54.9  65.5 71.4  69.3 61.5 50.9 38.5 27.9

Average Rainfall

  Jan  Feb  Mar Apr May Jun Jul   Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
mm  60.8 60.0 68.6  68.6  69.1  71.6 64.7  77.4 76.0 58.3  68.5 68.9   812.7
inches 2.4   2.4 2.7  2.7  2.7  2.8 2.5  3.0 3.0  2.3   2.7     2.7  32.0 

Extreme minimum annual temp -10F/-23C, extreme maximum annual temperature
100F/38C
 

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This is a picture of my house( July 26, 2003) You can't see many succulents in this picture but I have several beds full of cacti and succulents around the house, some with winter hardy cacti but two large beds on each side of the driveway near the garage have extensive summer plantings of non hardy succulents.
Side outdoor beds: Opuntia & Coryphantha vivipara.
 
The test plants in their new home.


Pedios & Scleros outdoors.

August 23 2003 The plants are slightly etiolated and desiccated after their trip through the mail so I am giving them special treatment to readjust and rejuvenate without damage. Thank you for the plants!!!

November 23 2003 So far the weather here is still unusually mild, 7C today and overcast. We
have had several hard frosts (-3C) and it is already rather damp. The Pedios
and sclero from Italy have now been outdoors here in Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada, for several months and still look fine!

 
 
 

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