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Q.Advice On Planting Prickly Pear Cutting

Zone 11050 | Cjj44 added on April 9, 2021 | Answered

I have a small eastern prickly pear that I hope to transplant to a Long Island garden this summer. The longest pad is 5 inches long. The parent plant came from the same neighborhood, so I know it should grow there, but I plan to dig a pretty big hole and fill with cactus soil and sand, just to be sure. Can anyone give me some advice…when would be the best time to do it, is it big enough, etc. The cutting has been growing inside for about a year. Thank you!

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Answered on April 12, 2021

These are quite easy to care for! It won't require much care on your part. The first few weeks, you may want to water it as it starts to wrinkle, but make sure to let the soil dry between waterings. This will be the number one killer of Opuntias.

Here is an article for more information on the little care that they require:


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