OT: Opuntia

Dennis Kramb dkramb@badbear.com
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:15:34 PDT
I have grown Opuntia outdoors for almost 15 yrs now.  One particular
variety, probably of hybrid garden origin, bloomed profusely this
summer.  Normally my prickly-pears bloom once in June, but this year
it repeated like I've never seen, over many months.  I suppose
triggered by the drought?  I don't know.

Anyway, that got my attention, and rekindled an interest.  Once upon a
time I acquired some "Santa Rita" pollen and successfully crossed it
with my plants.  The babies were indeed purple, but I lost them...
either through neglect or lack of cold hardiness.  I'm not sure.  But
I'd like to try again.

I'd also like to try crossing with other flower colors.  Mine are
yellow with orange centers.  I'd love to try crossing with a bright
pink, or a deep red, or even a white-flowered variety.  I've been
drooling over the photos on Opuntiads.Com.  I thought it would be
worthwhile to bring this up on PBS since so many of you probably grow
such kinds of Opuntia.

Dennis in Cincinnati

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