winsorw(8)May 17, 2010


I was wondering if anyone has experience growing opuntia santa rita tubac and Ornamental Ginger (Alpinia formosana) 'Pinstripe' in PNW. I understand that santa rita is hardy to 15F but what about a little lower?


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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Try asking this guy.

Here is a link that might be useful: Welcome to THE DESERT NORTHWEST!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 1:30PM
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For the record, no, it won't grow here. It's too bad nurseries aren't carrying a hardier species of Opuntia instead.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 10:59AM
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Thank you both.
I got an Opuntia santa rita but not tubac (I hope it's different) from an eBay seller that says it should survive 0F so we'll see.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 9:41PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

You can get fully hardy prickly pears from small local growers like Desert Northwest and Colvos Creek. There is a even a species that is native to parts of western WA, in addition to the ones that grow wild in much colder climates in the intermountain region and eastern US.

A friend near Kent, WA has a cactus collection, instead of a lawn leading up to his front door. At one time he was growing over 80 kinds.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2010 at 10:49AM
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Thanks bboy. I'll look into that.

80 kinds, wow! Well, I don't like cactus that much:-) I had a spot where there is no shade, relatively dry, and the ground isn't fertile so I thought that would be perfect.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2010 at 3:21PM
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I tried a form or 'santa rita' last year in a pot.For the winter I put it in the garage in a window,the main pad collapsed,but I was able to root the remaining pads.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 9:38AM
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I've had trouble getting any form of Opuntia santa-rita or O. chlorotica (which is closely related) to survive in our climate, no matter how far cold and wet of an area it was collected from. I think they are generally more difficult to maintain here than most of the hardy Opuntias. I even had a collection of O. chlorotica from 6,000' just below the Mongollon Rim in central Arizona that didn't make it. I'm not giving up yet, though.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 1:10AM
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