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Opuntia engelmanii - Texas Prickly Pear - Fresh Seeds

Opuntia engelmanii - Texas Prickly Pear - Fresh Seeds


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Opuntia engelmannii - Desert Prickly Pear

This listing is for a pack of 25 seeds.

This species is a variable species coming from the southwestern states of the USA and northern Mexico.  Commonly known as the Texas Prickly Pear it is a robustly growing species that is quite hardy in many locations. In habitat it grades with and is sometimes confused with Opuntia phaeacantha.  This is generally a larger plant and has been identified as a distinct species

It forms clumps of pads up to 3.5 metres tall and with a spread which is indeterminate.  It flowers in the spring through to the early summer and the flowers are red, orange/yellow or completely yellow, according to the location it comes from. It can be relied on to flower every year once mature where it has had a cold dry rest over-winter.  The flowers are followed by edible fruits, which ripen to a purple colour.

The plant can be grown in zones 7 through to 10 being reliably hardy down to - 18 Celsius (0 Deg F), making it suitable for growth almost anywhere that a dry and free draining winter location can be provided, remember it is not the cold that kills these plants but cold and wet.  By keeping the plants dry in the colder months adds many degrees of hardiness to the plants.

Easy from seed, full instructions can be found by visiting my 'About Me' page and clicking on my store link there.  Indeed seed growing is the best way to ensure hardiness in any particular location by allowing the plants to grow and establish to the prevailing conditions.

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