Prickly Pear Cactus in August
THE SILL SHOP WORKSHOP: NO GREEN THUMB REQUIRED
THE SILL PLANT PROMISE:
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Prickly Pear Cactus -
The genus Opuntia is named for the ancient greek city of Opus. According to ancient philosopher and plant biologist Theophrastus, the city was home to an edible plant that could be propagated by rooting its leaves.
Although they weren’t the plants Theophrastus was describing - they are edible and easy to propagate. Cut one of the pads off at the joint, let the cut callous-over, then pot cut-side down into potting soil. Both the pads and the cacti’s sweet fruit are cultivated for consumption.
Colorful varieties have been used for centuries by the native peoples of the Americas to make dye. In their native habitat, scale insects live on the cacti and suck out the cacti sap. Those insects are then scraped off, crushed, and used to make red and indigo dyes.
The Prickly Pear is pet-safe (non-toxic).
Bright, indirect light to full sun. Prefers full sun.
Once weekly if in full sun, or when it starts to wrinkle. Reduce waterings in winter to half. Make sure the soil is completely dry before watering.
The sun is good for both you and your cacti.