Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
I just finished skimming your entire thread and was surprised to see I had posted last August. Sorry for the repeat links I just posted. I didn't realize I had already given them.
I see you are in Toronto. That is cold and wet. You need to be careful which cacti you buy. Cold and wet can be death to cacti/succulents, as you learned when you watered in the cold.
I highly recommend buying John Spains booklet. He gives a list of plants he's tried over the years. He names the ones that did good and those that didn't.
I have two hypertufa pots on my deck. Some of the cacti have survived for about three years now. Totally unprotected and totally exposed to snow and rain over the winter. My Sempervivums overwintered in my detached unheated garage this winter. They are doing fine now.
The little hypertufa pot was made and planted by John Spain and I bought it the spring of 2009. The two photos attached are of this pot. It really needs thinning out now and replanting. I don't have a current photo. The top one was taken Nov 18, 2009. You can see the sedums flowering. The second is Feb 2, 2010 with sleet all over the pot. The pot is small and only about 12" long by 6" wide. Been outdoors since 2009.
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