April showers bring May cacti?

Even though it feels even less like spring than last week, I lugged all the deck succulents and cacti out for an April shower.  Temperatures should be above freezing for the next few days and skies shoud be cloudy so it’s a good time to get them used to fresh air and sun again.  After nearly six months indoors with little light and even less water I bet they like the change.  potted succulents for the deck this summerThe pencil euphorbia and the purplish euphorbia in the back (I have the names somewhere…) hate my winter abuse, the rest don’t seem to care much.  If temperatures drop to freezing I’ll push them up against the house, if temps go down into the 20’s I’ll either cover them up or bring them back in for a couple nights.

There’s a reason this collection is growing.  They do fine in the heat, don’t mind my hit or miss watering, and look good from spring to fall.  All are planted in a mix of 75% potting soil/25% sandbox sand, terra cotta pots, and topped with a light layer of garage sale aquarium gravel on top.  I’ll admit there have been casualties (overwintering casualties) along the way but for the most part it’s been easy-peasy.  If anyone is interested I’ll put up a list of what I have…. if not we might just visit them again in August to see how much they’ve grown!