Opuntia Desert Ace Pad
These are cuttings with no roots. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout . The plant is shipped with no roots.
Opuntia is a very large genus of cacti, varying in size from 2 inches tall (5 cm) miniature plants to 100 feet tall (30 m) trees. They are native from Canada, to Chile and Argentina. The genus has been split several times, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus yet on the best way to do that. The name Opuntia comes from the name of a Greek city.
All Opuntias not only have normal spines, but they also have thin barbed spines barely visible, named glochids. These can get stuck in your skin and be very irritating. In some species, they are particularly light and can become airborne when the Opuntia is moved. Wetting the plant before handling it might be a good prevention.
Opuntias often have large, colorful flowers. The fruit is also large and generally edible.
Cold hardiness zone: USDA 8 - 11
Light needs: full sun
Water needs: little to no water
Mature size: 3-6' high and wide
Selected for: cactus with hot pink flowers followed by rounded red fruits
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz