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19/05/2013 at 19:18

Hi guys,

So, I have a window box in a shaded area that I want to put some plants in that don't need much attention and will do something interesting all year round. Do you think I could get away with a cactus or two? Or should I be looking at something else?



19/05/2013 at 19:24

The only interesting thing that cacti do is flower and they probably wouldn't do that in the shade. But don't listen to me, I'm biased. When my elder son left home I got custody of his cacti. My usual houseplant maintenance technique failed me. The b......s wouldn't die.

19/05/2013 at 19:50

If the window box is outside, they wouldn't survive the cold, either - they don't survive frost, and don't like being wet.

19/05/2013 at 20:08

They like and need sun.  

Nut.....this blooming iPad keeps wanting to say "nit".....I share your dislike of cacti.  As a young lad I remember potting on a large cactus for my mother.  On the "bed of nails" principle I tipped it on to palm of my hand.  It was a massive heavy thing and the pain was severe.  Had those needles in my hands for months I think.  Aaaaaah! Memories.

19/05/2013 at 20:15

Nit, nut, not a lot of difference is there?

19/05/2013 at 20:40

Well I either have to bring them in during winter or go for something else. What about succulents?

19/05/2013 at 20:54

Hiya nut..well, one eats you amd you eat the other!

Hello jo

Christmas's not a cactus....would be something to consider.  They don't need much attention and flower for several weeks with interesting folkage.  You could alternate with Cyclamen or others to prolong floweriing interest

19/05/2013 at 20:57

Very clever Verdun


19/05/2013 at 21:06

Shady window box, surely  primula's with some bulbs and some nice varigated ivy?

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