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Cereus peruvianus 'Monstrosus' in SC?

Posted by Shimrock NYCity zone7 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 20, 03 at 11:45

Have any of you grown the cactus Cereus peruvianus 'Monstrosus' in a raised bed and succeeded? Sunset zone 28 can have 30 inches of rain (Tex.) or 60 inches (Not sure why it's one zone then). Can it handle Charleston weather? I didn't think I was the gambling type, but with plants, anything goes.

(Hopefully soon to move to SC)

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RE: Cereus peruvianus 'Monstrosus' in SC?

My parents have a very old Cereus peruvianus. While they usually bring it in during the winter, it was left outside for most of last winter and faired well (on a porch.) I was really suprised the thing didnt turn to mush when it frooze, I guess it had lots of protection. BTW, they live in Augusta Ga. zone 8a, a little cooler than Charleston. Good Luck !! Michael M.

RE: Cereus peruvianus 'Monstrosus' in SC?

Succulents seem to survive the SE in either of two ways.
1. Planted in raised bed of very fast draining stone and sand.
2. Planted in hard red clay that no moisture can penetrate.

The worst weather is freezing precipitation that stays in the soil a long time. I don't think you get that in Charleston, SC.

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