pruning prickly pear
Can I cut a large plant down to the woody part when pruning. Will it produce new Leaves if I do? Or will I kill it?
This will not kill it off. These are very hardy. It will set it back some, and will take some time to regrow, but you may notice it will get bigger than originally.
This article will refresh you on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/prickly-pear/growing-prickly-pear.htm