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Re: Opuntia humifusa

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:45 pm
by Mark07
That’s a lovely coloured flower. I’ve planted mine outside in a new bed this year which will be wet protected in winter. Seems to be doing well so far and the bees love the flowers!
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Re: Opuntia humifusa

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:31 pm
by Darren S
Atozbotanicals wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:30 am
Beautiful plant.

This one is O. cespitosa/macrorhiza (likely conspecific), O. humifusa is spineless with inconspicuous areoles and lacks red inner tepals.
Interesting. Relabelling time?

Re: Opuntia humifusa

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:32 pm
by Darren S
Mike P wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:14 am
Sadly the clone I grow lacks the red colour in the flower but has 5-10 flowers each year. Slugs and snails love them!
Which is why mine is staying indoors. We have a very healthy slug and snail population!

Re: Opuntia humifusa

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:34 pm
by Darren S
Mark07 wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:45 pm
That’s a lovely coloured flower. I’ve planted mine outside in a new bed this year which will be wet protected in winter. Seems to be doing well so far and the bees love the flowers!
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I really like this clone too Mark! Bit nervous of exposing mine to the ravages of our local slugs and snails but notice you are also in rainy NW England. If I find space in my bulb frames I might try it there.

Re: Opuntia humifusa

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:26 pm
by Mark07
Yes the slugs are a menace here too! They usually go for a short flight over the fence if spotted :grin: but I’m hoping if the bed is kept bone dry in autumn / winter along with the molar clay top dressing, it might deter them a little. The usual sprinkle of a few slug pellets around the base of the plant take care of the rest.