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Will cacti grow in the UK?

  1. Jun 8, 2007 #1

    wolram

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    I have a small area that i would like to have as a sort of minimalist garden
    with slow growing plants, i plan to cover most of it with stone chippings,
    i thought cacti might look good, will they grow in the UK? it is not as cold
    and wet as it used to be of late.
     
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  3. Jun 8, 2007 #2

    turbo

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    Some can tolerate considerable cold. You may wish to consult with a garden shop in your area - they'll know. There are lots of succulents that tolerate cold, too, and they look pretty neat with cacti.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2007 #3

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    You might want to check with your local horticultural extension. Here's a link to one in Missouri, near here. They're full of helpful information for your area.

    http://extension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/
     
  5. Jun 8, 2007 #4

    wolram

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    Scratch that idea, i think i will have to go to a garden center and ask them,
    not that i trust them much, my hanging baskets only lasted a month.
     
  6. Jun 8, 2007 #5

    wolram

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    I thought a cacti was a succulent :confused: oh heck i am going to have
    to learn about flowers now.
     
  7. Jun 8, 2007 #6

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    Warwickshire is in Hardiness zone 8a.

    It's just a matter of finding cacti that will manage in that zone.

    Unfortunately, I see that many cacti are more like hardiness 14-18. Even hens & chicks prefer 9a.
     

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  8. Jun 8, 2007 #7

    wolram

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    Massive, thanks Dave, can not wait for the image :smile:
     
  9. Jun 8, 2007 #8

    DaveC426913

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    They are. But not all succulents are cacti.
     
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  11. Jun 9, 2007 #10

    wolram

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    Thank you hypatia.

    Later on i plan to make a crude model of a steam engine with open
    carridges and then fill them with more slow growing flowers, i would be
    quite annoyed if the flowers died, i even planed to have the smoke
    stack as a water container and have an auto watering system.
     
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