Desert plants do have their charms and while I've had an agave or two around for a while that simply spend their summers outside, this is the first year that I've tried a few outside. I feel sort of cruel subjecting these plants to our climate. We don't even get a lot of the heat that they crave in the summer! After our recent couple of weeks of below freezing temperatures, I thought it would be a good idea to check on some of the iffy plants that were left outside. I won't bore you with pictures of the agaves that were brought in as they're all doing fine. Lost some aeoniums this year to some sort of mold though.
This agave pup was a gift from the Agave Queen and with the exception of that one spot, it seems fine and firm.
Pups from transplanting larger specimens seem to be fine in the dry cold.
Free Agaves Saga and are doing well also on the back porch with no water
Outside with no protection from the rain - thinking it's a goner.
This fat little cutie from Cistus seems to be happy and healthy!
This Opuntia polycantha of which I was the lucky winner in a drawing this summer is taking the rain in stride.
Here comes a heart breaker. Remember this gorgeous Agave weberi that is in a pot too big to move? In the fall, it got a plastic cover to protect it from the rain. After the freeze, I decided to remove the covering to see what was going on.
The soil is bone dry but I don't think the plant is supposed to look like this.
Maybe I'll seek out a hardier large agave to take it's place.
On the bright side, both this Rhodocoma capensis and the smaller one that I got in a 4" pot last spring and potted up twice are looking green and healthy!