Prickly Pear Cactus

What do y’all y do when the flower dies on a prickly pear cactus

Zone 37388 | added on June 19, 2018 | Answered

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

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Answered on June 19, 2018

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:

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