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Prickly pear cactus

Opuntia species

Cacti and Succulents

All North American species are easy to grow, and some are hardy even in protected more northern areas of North America and Europe, especially Opuntia fragilis, brittly prickly pear, Opuntia darwinii, Darwin's cactus, and Opuntia basilaris, beaver tail cactus. Extremely well-draining soil is essential, ideally rich in organic material, ample sun, keep dry in winter. In right conditions can tolerate down to -40F/-40C, and are hardy into zone 5, but more typically zone 6

Soak seed 24 hours, then sow in spring or summer, just covered, very well-draining soil, 70-75F/21-24C. Many spread readily in right conditions, and may be divided. Can also be propagated by 'pad' cuttings in spring or summer: remove individual, outermost, good-sized pads and set into growing medium as above, grow at 65-75F/18-24C

For Opuntia ficus-indica, the edible prickly pear cactus, see Fruits and Vegetables

Avocado, avocado pear, alligator pear (Persea americana)
Pear (Pyrus species)
Prickly pear, Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica)

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