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Overwintering large cact

FarendwomanFarendwoman Posts: 148

i know Winter is a long time away, but I've just spent a couple of hours moving two huge thirty year old cacti outside to repot them.

they are now too big to consider bringing them in when it gets chilly.

does anybody think that bubble wrap would keep them alive? Or do I have to "cut my losses" and start off with new cuttings?

there is no chance that I will be around in thirty years time to see how they are doing!!!



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    Those aren't cacti are they? agaves maybe, not my field

    How about building them a lean-to GH against the wall in the 2nd pic?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    quite a lot of cacti are frost hardy, its wet that kills them,

    so if you can cover them in something waterproof when it rains they'll be fine, although they're agave's not cacti keeping them dry in winter is still a good idea.

  • FarendwomanFarendwoman Posts: 148

    Thank you both.

    not my field either, Nut.

    Agaves/cacti all the same to me!! Much prefer things that grow in the garden and reward me with a flower or two!

     I like the idea of the lean to greenhouse, though. I've got an old cheap plastic thing that I bought from Wilko's some years back that would probably suffice.

    will also take your advice treehugger and keep them dry in the winter and keep my fingers crossed. Seems a shame to give up on them after thirty years!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    a former neighbour of ours used to keep the most unlikely things alive in a GH that I could see from my window. No heat, several panes missing, but the ones at the top were intact so everything dry. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FarendwomanFarendwoman Posts: 148

    Sounds well worth a try! Thank you

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    Agave not cacti, I have a small one, gets tucked into a frost free greenhouse over winter, bought a friend a large one like that for birthday 3 years ago, told her to keep the rain out, she didnt its almost mush only need a bit of bubble wrap over and tied in winter, they are so expensive this size you want to look after it.We are in the SE and she is very sheltered.Problems if it gets very wet in the rown then a forst.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    Wet in the crown then a frost!!

  • FarendwomanFarendwoman Posts: 148

    Very grateful for everyone's advice. Going to take  cuttings as a safeguard and keep the large ones dry, and move them to my back garden where they can be positioned against a south facing wall.

    gloucestershire - so not tooooo bad on wet and frost!

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