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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 4, 2019

Q. Opuntia Identification

Hello,
I was wondering if you could help me identify this type of Opuntia?
I want to care for it properly.
It seems a bit restricted in this pot. Should I transfer to a bigger pot?
Thank you so much in advance.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 8, 2019
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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 20, 2019

Q. Hi, I’ve raised many prickly pears from seed and they are now 6 to 8 inches tall but they aren’t stable without a stick.

Should I plant them deep into the cactus medium or will this risk rot. Also I live in the middle of England where we do occasionally get quite hard frosts. what’s the minimum freeze temperature they will endure please.
Many Thanks, Geoff Collins

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 22, 2019
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Prickly pears are hardy to 20 degrees F (-6.7 C), according to the USDA hardiness zones.

I wouldn't plant them deeper into the soil. Are they possibly getting too much water? They should stablize on their own.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/prickly-pear/growing-prickly-pear.htm

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