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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by Tina » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:50 am

Its quite amazing they can grow and flower in your climate, maybe Opuntia's will take over the world :lol:
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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by Pia » Fri May 31, 2019 2:03 pm

Today the three small opuntias (O. fragilis 'Füssen') growing outdoors in my rockery have more than 100 buds! Last winter was their fourth winter without any protection. This winter was very cold in Finland (between -20 and -30 Celsius for several weeks), but there was a lot of snow protecting the plants. Originally I planted four opuntias in 2015, but in spring 2018 they looked so bad that I removed one opuntia. However, I discovered very soon that it was a mistake. Like in previous years, the black and soft opuntias became hard and green by May.
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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by Echinocactus123 » Fri May 31, 2019 4:44 pm

Really beutiful, I love your plants! :grin:
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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by juster » Fri May 31, 2019 5:08 pm

Amazing that your plants can survive in such icy conditions, look forward to seeing the flowers when they open.
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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by Mark07 » Fri May 31, 2019 10:58 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed reading through this thread, great plants and I’m fascinated by the hardiness of your Opuntia fragilis Fussen. I really hope to find the same plant as I’d love to try and grow it outside here in the UK.
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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by Pia » Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:39 am

Thanks for your kind comments! I will post photos when the flowers open.
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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by Pia » Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:30 pm

First flower opened today, and about 100 more to go!
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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by rreynolds » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:18 am

That is a stunning plant!
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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by Pia » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:16 pm

Here are pictures showing the flowering of three small opuntias outdoors in a rockery this year. Beacause one flower only lasts for 1-2 days, all of the 100 flowers were not open on the same day.

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Re: My collection in Finland

Post by juster » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:33 pm

Absolutely beautiful and very enjoyable Pia, thanks!
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