Opuntia ficus indica - Prickly Pear
Compared to the prickly pear (Opuntia robusta), the ovate leaves of the real prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) are 20-60cm long and 10-25cm wide and relatively large. He belongs to the spiny prickly pear species. The bright yellow or pink flowers are large and very attractive, which gives them its name. In autumn they produces eatable spiny fruits which have a dark red to violet skin when fully ripe. To eat them peel the spikes like a stocking. The seeds are embedded in the soft, juicy, refreshing, mild-tasting flesh. The prickly pear is not hardy in winter and should be kept inside. Because the prickly pear cactus has adapted to dry locations, it should not be in direct rain, rather covered and protected from rain.
Quality: easy care cactus; dry and heat compatible
Usage: in pots from April to October outside od balcony, terrace and in the garden - during wintering in the house; yearlong in just frost-free winter gardens; planted in the garden with winter protection.
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Opuntia ficus-indica - prickly pear
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Location in the summer: Full sun. Heat desired. Rain protected.
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- Flowering period
- Color of flowers
- Edible fruits
- Full sun
- winter temperature
- 8 (±5)°C
- Minimum temperature
- -5 °C
- Hardiness Zones
- 4 - 5 m
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