Behold little Echinocereus pulchellus. The type locality is the state of Hidalgo in Mexico, and it’s not entirely hardy here (but not because it’s from Hidalgo), and really deserves a nice warm spot.
If it’s true that every plant has a right place in the garden, what’s the right place for this?
Pick a spot – any spot will do fine.
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But what if it’s the wrong spot?
Haha, I think the first or second spot is perfect! But you better hurry up because I think your cactus has started a habit of walking away, perhaps back to Hidalgo. 🙂
It went back inside the house instead. This is the time of year (yes, it was three below this past weekend but things have changed now) when I’m not entirely certain what to do. (True all the time but especially now.) Plant out now, so the plants get used to Denver’s sun, but run the risk of a cold spell. I can cover the plants, but then I have to remember to do that.
It’s the cold spell that makes me hesistant. Three below is totally extreme for the end of March; never seen anything like that. Snow, yes, but not that cold.
You are very lucky to have a garden. Although keeping plants in pots make them more mobile & convenient to look after. Do you think your Echinocereus pulchellus will survive next year’s winter in the garden? Will it toughen up by then? 🙂
Sometimes I wonder about the garden. It’s kept me going, for sure, but it’s becoming more and more work. I bring most of that on myself, of course.
If past performance is any indication, E. pulchellus will croak the second it gets cold. The front yard is exponentially warmer than the back yard, though.
You had lots of fun doing that didn’t you?
I admit it. It was funny to look at the pictures one after another, the pot moving all by itself.
That whole pot-hopping sequence had me laughing out loud. It’s a good thing I live alone so I didn’t have to explain that.
And I probably put it in the wrong place. Ie, outside, instead of in the warm, snug house ….
You have captured the essence of planting (or not planting).
Yeah, well …..the poor cactus expired with the six nights of below zero early last month.