Top Questions About Prickly Pear Cactus

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Questions About Prickly Pear Cactus

Asked by
tp10se on
June 19, 2018
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Q. What do y’all y do when the flower dies on a prickly pear cactus

Cut it off? Leave it? They look ugly after flower dies.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 19, 2018
Certified Expert
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If you leave this, there is a potential that it will grow an edible fruit when peeled. If you pluck it off, it will help the plant look better, but there will be no fruit. It is up to you, and either can be fine.

This article is on the prickly pear that is assumed to be tropical, but there are many subspecies that are very hardy with the same care, so this will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/prickly-pear/growing-prickly-pear.htm

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Asked by
Jdinatale49 on
July 1, 2018
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Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 2, 2018
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This is usually due to a lack of fertilization, but I am also in zone 7 and it took mine 6 years to send the first fruit out! It is likely that the cultivar is only barely hardy in our area, and will take a lot longer to bear a fruit.

This article will give you information on the general care of opuntia, or the prickly pear: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/prickly-pear/opuntia-cactus-varieties.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 14, 2019

Q. 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?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
January 15, 2019
Certified Expert
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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

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Asked by
hangblague on
March 19, 2019
Regina, SK (indoor plant)

Q. Prickly pear: does it take more than a few weeks for a new plant from seed (tiny shoot) to begin developing a pad?

Tiny shoot with two leaves emerged from seed, nothing since, for a number of weeks.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
March 19, 2019
Certified Expert
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It can. What kind of light do you have this under? this can be a slow process without the proper lighting.

You will want to try and provide similar conditions to what they will see in nature. This article will give you more information on the care that these require: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/prickly-pear/growing-prickly-pear.htm

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Answered by
hangblague on
March 19, 2019
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Thanks for the answer. It is in a pot beside a South facing window so gets a fair amount of natural and artificial light.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 16, 2019

Q. Opuntia cactus

Do opuntia cactus taste sour? I grow them but they are too sour to eat the pads.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 17, 2019
Certified Expert
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It has a flavor that is reminiscent of a bell pepper with the undertones of a green bean.
How it is cooked can determine the flavor. Try doing a search for different recipes.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 2, 2019

Q. Indian fig prickly pear

I need to know if you sell the plant of :Indian fig prickly pear
and as much cost .I live in :Orlando ,Florida
Please let me know any informations if you sell and send to my address.
Thank you,
frank

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 2, 2019
Certified Expert
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We do not sell, or offer places to purchase plants. I would recommend contacting a local nursery, or an online one. Many will ship to just about anywhere.

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Asked by
Mpuente on
July 11, 2019
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Q. How many prickly pear pads can I put in one indoor pot? Also, how long does it take to grow pads?

This will be grown indoors.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 12, 2019
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