Q. I am planting cactus from VA in CT. I am going to cover them this first few years. Is there anything I should do? Thank You Anita


There are cacti that are native to the New York area such as prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa) that should survive in Connecticut.  O. humifusa is found as a native in Virginia as well.  Do you know what cactus you have?

Many plants that do well in Virginia, which ranges from zones 6A to 8A, will struggle to survive the winter in Connecticut, which ranges from zones 5B to 6B, and in fact will be unlikely to survive even with cautious care.

It would be helpful to know what cactus you have or to see some photographs of your plants.  We also need to know where in Connecticut you are planning to grow them so we can estimate the low temperature for the winter.  You can email us back at plantinfo@nybg.org to follow up on your question and attach pictures.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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