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Mountain Crest Gardens

Waterwise Botanicals Opuntia Care Guide

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Waterwise Botanicals® Flowering Opuntia Cactus - "So pretty, it hurts!"

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I may be a "Cac-tee" but water me! I like water, but just make sure the soil gets dry in between. Hold off during cold months.

 

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Plant me outside - except for hard-freeze months. Scoop hole just deep enough to set, or lean-in, and leave me there! Don't tuck soil in, but leave an air-gap. I will start growing roots right in the air, down in the soil space! 

 


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Plant me in the winter - I don't mind the cold, but may not get on with a lot of wetness. Put me in a pot just deep enough to lean, or stay in place, leaving air-gap around base. Keep me in a patio or overhang with good light, but remaining fairly dry, and I will explode with roots when the warmth comes!

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Why do I wrinkle? Why do I blush? Because I am COLD HARDY. I have to empty myself of unnecessary water before winter - or when it freezes, I would EXPLODE! So don't try to water me back up when it's cold. I can be very beautiful with purple tints and coloration in winter. This is because my pigments gather as I expel water. Sometimes it's the whole paddle, sometimes purple polka-dots!

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