Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa Mountain Pass, CA
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa or Buckhorn Cholla is a close relative of Cylindropuntia imbricata. The Buckhorn Cholla are more finicky in the colder climates. They require good drainage and will do better in a rock garden. They only seem to get 3 or 4ft tall in our zone 5/6 and dont bloom as often as I would like. Howerver they have beautiful golden spines and are something nice looking even when not in flower. Plants are from the Mountain Pass, CA. This area receives a little more rain and has some decent elevation. Plants should be a zone 6 if great drainage is provided. We have had one in our garden for 12 years and it has taken -17F and many negative teens.
I do not guarantee these in a zone 5/6 because everyones growing conditions are different but this would be a good trial plant to grow in your cold outdoor garden. Try to plant outdoor 90 days before 1st hard freeze.
"Winter Dormant" Plants have been kept outside under an unheated greenhouse and can be shipped bare-root without heat packs as long as temperatures are above 10F in your area. Would still wait to plant in spring to adapt better to your garden.
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