Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates: 274 Outstanding Species for Challenging Conditions

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Timber Press, Jun 19, 2012 - Gardening - 368 pages
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There are many reasons to grow cacti and other succulents—they're drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, and they look great. But what about hardiness? For those who thought that these spectacular plants were only for gardens in California and the Southwest, guess again—hundreds are fully cold-hardy and can be grown outdoors from New England to British Columbia, Wisconsin to Texas.

Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates is filled with inspirational portraits of 274 plants that can be used to create drought-tolerant gardens, as well as tips from regional experts who have mastered the art of growing cacti in parts of the country not usually associated with high temperatures or a scarcity of water. Expert Leo Chance describes how to prepare planting beds, how to get plants well established, how to handle cacti during planting, how to protect plants from cold winters, and when and how much to water.

 

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Contents

FOREWORD
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
1 UNDERSTANDING HARDINESS
2 THE RIGHT WAY TO WATER
3 HOW AND WHERE TO PLANT
4 GROWING PLANTS FROM CUTTINGS AND SEEDS
5 COLDHARDY CACTI
6 COLDHARDY SUCCULENTS
7 COMPANION PLANTS
SOURCES FOR PLANTS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS
INDEX
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Leo J. Chance is a professional gardener based in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado. He has also worked as a professional plant buyer and propagator. A member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society, Leo lectures frequently about cacti and succulents, as well as water-wise gardening.

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