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Dormancy options
    #3232379 - 10/08/04 11:21 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Ok, the first autumn rains are to start today in my city, the sky has been cloudier, temps colder, and San Pedro is growing slower.



As this is the first time i'll have to deal with dormancy i'm not sure about what to do.

I never seen a frost in my city in 21 years, let alone snow. Outside temps rarely go below 40?F. Winters are VERY rainy though.

He's in a balcony where rainwater won't fall in directly, but as long as the wind is in the right direction he'll be pretty much soaking wet.

So i guess i need to do something about it, don't i?


The options i thought about are:

1) Putting a big garbage bag over the cactus and its pot so no rainwater comes in. Possibly with a 'window' made out of transparent plastic so that some minimal light gets in. I guess a few respiration holes may be necessary too.

2) Bringing him inside.



I'd prefer bringing him inside, but my main concern about that option is etiolation, since he'll get some indirect sunlight and temps around 60-75?F. I don't want it to get all ugly and irregular...Is this concern substanciated?

So what would you cacti people do?


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Re: Dormancy options [Re: esin]
    #3232480 - 10/08/04 11:52 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I bring my pedro (as well as all my other cacti) in during the winter and its fine. I actually took them in about 3 days ago. Just make sure if you have any pets that they dont mess with your plants. And keep them them dry.


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Re: Dormancy options [Re: F0SS1L]
    #3232762 - 10/08/04 01:15 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I'm going to try leaving one of my pedro outside over the winter. I'm going to plant it in the ground this weekend. I've read they can handle temps down to 15?F, and it rarely gets below that where I live. I remember one year we hit 7?F but we'll see how it goes.


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Re: Dormancy options [Re: Gumby]
    #3232890 - 10/08/04 01:48 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Make sure it doesn't get wet. It isn't really the cold that bothers them as much as the wetness when cold. Keep it dry and it should be fine.


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Re: Dormancy options [Re: esin]
    #3233165 - 10/08/04 03:07 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Do you water your's at all during the winter? I live between zone 7 and 8 if that makes any difference.


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Re: Dormancy options [Re: mr_minds_eye]
    #3233850 - 10/08/04 06:19 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

The info i have is water only if the cactus is asking for water, i.e. if it starts to wilt, or get soft from dehydration.

But as i said, it will be first time i have to deal with wintering so you'll prolly get better replies from someone more experienced.


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Re: Dormancy options [Re: esin]
    #3233857 - 10/08/04 06:20 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Okay, inside it comes.

Thanks for the help folks!  :smile:


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Re: Dormancy options [Re: mr_minds_eye]
    #3244819 - 10/11/04 10:03 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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Re: Dormancy options [Re: mr_minds_eye]
    #3246876 - 10/12/04 01:01 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Hey esin, if its possible just leave 'em outside. Where I'm at we get into the low 20s a few times during winter and we get a decent amount of rain on occasion. (northern CA.)  I leave them out in the open and they do fine. As long your soil is well draining and the pH is good they'll be fine. If its going to rain for more than 2 days I will put a tarp or something around them or over them to keep the soil from staying water logged. They live outdoors naturally, as long as the soil doesn't stay soggy for several days they'll be fine. I did this last winter with 40 or so Pedros and had no problems. They've been naturalized in areas like the SF bay area where many of them are just planted in the ground and you get several days of rain. To me thats easier than trying to move them inside where they will be warm enough to continue growing but probably won't get enough light, giving you etiolated cacti. Hope that helps. :smile:


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