Winterizing my cacti
Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:51 AM
Winter temps in my area will average in the 30-40s, but it would not be unusual to have a few cold snaps down into the teens. My thoughts were to keep them out in the sun (where I don't have much control over the amount of water they receive) until about a month before the first frost. At that point I was thinking of moving them to the screened porch on the back of the house where they will get very little direct sun, but I will be able to limit the water they are getting. Then around the point of the first frost my thought was to move them into the detatched garage that is not heated.
Does this sound like a reasonable approach to preparing them for the winter, and do you have any suggestions about insulating them while in the garage for the winter?
Posted 13 August 2008 - 10:51 AM
Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:24 AM
Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:42 AM
Then I move them to a dark closet and leave them alone for a few months.
Desert plants can go a very long time without water.
I've found that exposure to light during dormancy leads to etiolation and it happens very rapidly.
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 01:25 PM
Interesting. I haven't had this problem. Plants in their natural habitat don't seem to have this problem either.
Posted 13 August 2008 - 09:02 PM
I have found that warmers temps combined with lack of lots of sun caused ours to etiolate.
Last winter we left it in the family room, right next to the sliding glass door. I have found this is the coolest place in the house and all of the cacti did really well. The cacti received light from the sliding glass door and lamp light and none of them eliolated.
Posted 14 August 2008 - 03:41 AM
Posted 14 August 2008 - 07:02 AM
Storing them somewhere where the temps will be between 45 - 55 F will be sufficient for overwintering.
I live in zone 5 and put my plants in the garage for the winter. I have also kept them in my basement without issue.
If the temps get too warm you will get etoliation. Light only becomes a big issue with these higher temps.....
Posted 14 August 2008 - 07:26 AM
Posted 14 August 2008 - 07:27 AM
Posted 14 August 2008 - 07:27 AM
They can be stored in a dark closet, IF that closet stays cool.
Posted 14 August 2008 - 08:38 AM
Posted 17 August 2008 - 11:41 AM
So, beware, lophs are not 'immune' to becoming etoliated. :)
Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:59 AM
This ghetto greenhouse probably wouldn't withstand a big time storm with high winds, but for now it seems to be doing OK.
Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:25 AM
Funny, I thought I had "invented" this idea earlier this year.
Did the same thing in putting out my garden seedlings this year
So they would have a greater chance of success getting established.
Posted 18 September 2008 - 01:58 PM
Posted 20 September 2019 - 11:46 AM
I have found the best procedure that is guaranteed to prevent etiolation is consumption! :cacti:
How long can a cutting be stored before it is consumed. I have two 12 inch long cuttings being shipped to me but may wait till summer before anyone consume them. Is there a way to store them over the winter?
Posted 20 September 2019 - 12:47 PM
I usually age cut stems 3 months before drying out to extract, if anything it increases the potency. Sometimes I wait 10 months.
Once, out of curiosity, I set four small stems on a shelf and just waited. The last one died after 4 years
In south america cut stems are routinely aged in the dark for several months to increase potency.
Any cuts or scratches should be calloused in a warm dry room with air circulation and they should not be impaling each other with their spines in storage. Then just keep them somewhere with no direct light and little indirect light, a cool room or closet is best.