It was a good for growing cacti last year. Most of my collection has been fairly dormant for quite a number of years, a poor situation to blame. But last year and the previous year I moved them out to the garden shed for the summer, and they really seem to like the bright south facing windows. Being not too far from the water butt thaey also benefitted from good twicw weekly watering with fresh rain water.
I also potted up a few in a large terracotta planter and left them outside near our small pond.
Hopefully they have all survived the winter. I brought the majority into the house and they have wintered in the cooler back room, they all seem quite healthy. However, some of the larger cacti had to stay in the shed, and I’m a little worried that they may have been frost damaged in this very cold weather that we have had. I did try to protect them and kept quite dry during the later part of October and november. I also tried protecting them with many layers of bubble wrap interleaved with cardboard, so hopefully they will have made it throught this cold snap.
I’m not sure what these cacti are, I was told that the one in the little pot is a Trichocereus Peruvianus, also known as the peruvian torch cactus. If grown in ideal conditions, hardly possible in the UK, it should grow to several metres tall, and has large trumpet-like white flowers. I think this little one has quite a few years to go before it reaches that stage.
As for the other pot, well they look similar, but I don’t think they are quite the same type. They have one or less ribs are a little bit more spikey.