Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates

Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates

274 Outstanding Species for Challenging Conditions

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There are many reasons to grow cacti and other succulents—they're drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, and they look great. But what about hardiness? For those who thought that these spectacular plants were only for gardens in California and the Southwest, guess again—hundreds are fully cold-hardy and can be grown outdoors from New England to British Columbia, Wisconsin to Texas.

Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates is filled with inspirational portraits of 274 plants that can be used to create drought-tolerant gardens, as well as tips from regional experts who have mastered the art of growing cacti in parts of the country not usually associated with high temperatures or a scarcity of water. Expert Leo Chance describes how to prepare planting beds, how to get plants well established, how to handle cacti during planting, how to protect plants from cold winters, and when and how much to water.

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Presents a guide to a variety of cacti, succulents, and companion plants that can thrive in cold and wet climates.

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Cold-hardy cactuses do exist. Chance, a professional gardener and member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society, provides descriptions of many species of cacti, succulents, and companion plants that can thrive in colder, wetter climates if one follows his cultural tips for enhancing the hardiness of drought-tolerant plants. Chance also covers container gardening and plant propagation from cuttings and seeds. The guide includes color photographs, online plant sources, and references. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781604692648
Branch Call Number: 635.9525 C3607c 2012
Characteristics: 328 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 17, 2013

Lots of detail, and a good reference point. A quibble though, this is specifically about cacti for cold climates and yet there is nothing that deals with how to interpret zones. I`d guess that some of the high-altitude plants might be growable in a colder zone but lower altitude, but guessing is as good as I`m going to get - and I searched through this book for that info.

Greg_library Sep 06, 2012

One of the most comprehensive titles on growing cold-hardy cacti I've read. Although there is no specific tips on soil requirements for the species examined, Leo Chance gives the best in-depth accounts of the better-known and relatively new cacti he has grown in his gardens in Colorado. Unfortunately, most of what he discusses is centered around the American West, so growers in Eastern North America and Europe will have to take some of what he writes with a grain of salt. I like that he gives the alternate scientific names of the species he covers (which can be very confusing when shopping for species online), although in one case he lists _Opuntia compressa_ as a separate species from _Opuntia humifusa_ when they are one and the same. Also, there is minimal coverage of hardy succulents in this book. In spite of these omissions, I can recommend this title for both the beginner and the advanced gardener.


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Greg_library Sep 06, 2012

The book is primarily about the author's experiences in growing cacti and succulents outdoors in a cold climate, particularly United States Department of Agriculture Zone 5 (temperatures as low as -28 C). The book also has advice about growing plants in gardens or containers.


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