This is interesting.
No, really, it is.
In dry-winter climates, hardy cacti can be left outside in pots all winter. Their roots are hardy enough to withstand subzero temperatures, if it has to be that way. They don’t need any watering, and, in fact, will not take up water once they begin to shrivel which is a sign of losing water in order to endure cold temperatures.
I grow most of these in Mexican clay dishes about five inches deep; the dishes last for about ten years and are cheaper than the glazed pots so popular these days. The glazed pots have been cracking in the last several winters so I switched to clay.
Picking out all the leaves was too much trouble so you just have to imagine they’re gone. I suppose I should re-hire Tania, my imaginary garden assistant, to make the cacti look all spiffy, but meanwhile, here they are, dressed with fallen leaves.
Most people don’t think of cacti as foliage plants, but they have a lot to offer in the way of something to look at after the flowers are gone.
A beautiful mountain wave sunset this evening.