Saturday, February 12, 2011

Winter Freeze on Cactus

Winter freeze damaged and killed many of our native cacti as well as non indigenous plants such as the palm. Several winters ago we had a good freeze but not as devastating as this year. Even today we had a low of 26 and a high of 78 at my house.

The palm usually doesn't do well but recovers in the spring after severe trimming. Here is a photo of a very protective taller palm that protects the smaller palm.

This decorative pear bloomed for
just about a week before the freeze killed the blossoms.

Even putting the paper cup cap doesn't work.

I fear my night blooming cerus will loose a lot of arms.

Prickly pear particularly lost a lot of pads. Almost like the freeze made
the pads so heavy that they just fell off.

Brownish yellow on the cholla may indicate loss of portions of the cactus.

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