Opuntia polyacantha Coral / Pinkish flowers - perennial cactus - cold hardy cactus - prickly pear
-Will receive one well established pad. Pad you will receive is approx. 4"-7" long.
-Heavy blooming coral / pinkish flowers once established in mid to late spring. As flowers become more mature they will turn into the lighter pink color.
-Winter hardy USDA Zones 5-10(Possibly colder in western and plaines states).
-Loose ground cover growing up to 6’ wide, and 6”-8” tall.
Use Tongs or a few sections of thick newspaper to place pad in a sunny well drained area. Gently work up soil where the cactus pad is going, and place pad on top of soil. Then, set something heavy on top of the pad towards the base where the cut mark is. Doing this assist the cactus pad with rooting into the soil. It also does not hurt to mix some gravel into the soil to help with drainage and moisture. Pad should root and establish with minimal assistance(you can water it at time of planting, but let the rain take care of it after that; unless you live in an area of the country that receives under 20” of rain a year).