Opuntia? But which type?

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Opuntia? But which type?

Post by cheshirepalms » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:00 pm

I purchased this cactus today which I'm presuming is an opuntia of some description but does anyone know which type? Also what minimum temperature it takes? Also is opuntia a prickly pear?
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Re: Opuntia? But which type?

Post by JoelR » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:40 am

Very difficult to ID from the pic. Probably O. Ficus Indica, the most widely grown prickly pear but if you bought it from a specialist nursery it could be O. humifusa or one of a number of hardy Opuntias which would be fine planted outdoors.

Watch out for the glochids, the little spines that grow out of the areoles. They can cause severe irritation.


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Re: Opuntia? But which type?

Post by fieldfest » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:36 pm

looks like one of mine which was labelled simply as opuntia sp.


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Re: Opuntia? But which type?

Post by fieldfest » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:37 pm

you've prompted me to do this, may be useful to you if you want to collect more or make a backup plant for winter

http://exoticgarden.co.uk/2012/09/05/ho ... ia-cactus/


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Post by cheshirepalms » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:47 pm

Thankyou for the information, I may try to propagate next year after its established after repotting yesterday. I think I'll leave it in the greenhouse as its easier to keep dry and it will probably grow quicker, although I like the idea of having one outside!


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Post by JoelR » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:50 am

The pads root very easily. I've also grown them from seed which can be very slow but worth it fo you want to obtain specific plants which can't be bought. I've also collected seed from a O. Macrocentra which flowered last summer which I'll be sowing soon. They are slow to germinate and can take a year or more as well as being quite slow growing plants so it's always best to get pads if you can.


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Re: Opuntia? But which type?

Post by miketropic » Sun May 05, 2013 3:07 am

I know this is an old post but I have 2 types of opuntia, one wild harvested in KY woodlands the other I got from a neighbor. one is humifusa the other is not ID'd but both very hardy in zone 6 KY. I would be willing to send you some pads for postage if you want a hardy type that you know will grow outside.
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Post by cheshirepalms » Sun May 05, 2013 11:48 am

miketropic wrote:I know this is an old post but I have 2 types of opuntia, one wild harvested in KY woodlands the other I got from a neighbor. one is humifusa the other is not ID'd but both very hardy in zone 6 KY. I would be willing to send you some pads for postage if you want a hardy type that you know will grow outside.

That would be great! :) Its not the cold that would be the problem here, but the potential for very wet winter weather.


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Re: Opuntia? But which type?

Post by miketropic » Sun May 05, 2013 4:56 pm

they take the snow rain all of the above :lol: if you want a few pads send me a PM with your address. postage can't be much they dont weight anything as it is and i';; try to get them over asap.I can send a few of each type no idea what the one is though.
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