CHAIN FRUIT CHOLLA
The Chain Fruit Cholla (Opuntia fulgida) is a cactus native to the Sonoran Desrt. They grow in desert regions at elevations from 30 to 600 m (100 to 2000 ft). It stands out in the desert because of it's hanging fruit after the flowers. The chains can be 12 inches long. The Chain Fruit Cholla is an erect plant, standing 2-2.5 m (6-8 ft) tall with a distinct trunk and spreading branching structure the shape of a dwarf peach tree. The branches are at the top of the trunk and are nearly horizontal. The flower colors can be variable, but typically are some shade of violet. Be careful when handling, the spine tips have barbs. Use tongs or some other gripping tool; not hands or gloves.
Recommended Sunset Magazine Temperature Zone: 8-13
Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 10°F (-7°C)
Don't water Prickly Pear Cacti until they grow roots. It may take 30-60 days. If you water while they are in the soil before roots, they may rot. However, even though the pad may look dead, it may grow a new pad within a year. It does not matter which way they are planted. However, you typically get roots faster when they are laying flat on the soil. The down side of the pad will begin to grow roots.
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