Wildflowers forum: My Spineless Cactus Bloomed.

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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Jul 22, 2013 2:57 PM CST

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I am thrilled that it finally bloomed after 5 years, it is so pretty.
It started with just two pads and look at it now.










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Jul 24, 2013 2:40 PM CST

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Very pretty bloom! I'm guessing it is a native, spineless cactus? It reminds me of prickly pear cactus that grows around here. I think they are beautiful.
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Jul 24, 2013 2:45 PM CST

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Yes, it is http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=OPEL3
I wish it bloomed more.
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Jul 24, 2013 3:29 PM CST

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Maybe it will bloom more as it matures. The flowers don't last long enough though. Lovey dubby
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frostweed
Jul 24, 2013 5:42 PM CST

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Just one day!! I guess it is true what they say, beauty is fleeting. Smiling
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gardengus
Jul 30, 2013 1:29 PM CST
Beautiful ..and I must say spineless is the way to go, didn't even know there was such a thing.
I wonder if this is the kind they eat?
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Jul 30, 2013 4:36 PM CST

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Yes it is, but actually people eat both kinds, although I would much prefer the spineless kind. Smiling
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jmorth
Aug 10, 2013 10:17 PM CST
Glad you got a bloom. I had to wait 7 years to get my Paw Paw trees to bloom and fruit.
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frostweed
Aug 11, 2013 6:01 AM CST

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Oh my Goodness!! we gardeners are a patient group, aren't we?
I have a little Paw Paw also, we shall see how long it takes, but then a lot of the fun is in the anticipation Smiling
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greene
Aug 23, 2013 2:01 PM CST
I apologize for this, but every time I read the title of this thread I am reminded of spineless as in "You spineless, lily-livered varmint!". Yes, the spineless type tastes better, but I sure wish they had a better common name.
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Aug 23, 2013 2:23 PM CST

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Hilarious!

Is it the pads that taste better on the spineless? or is the fruit (prickly pear)? I know both parts are edible.
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frostweed
Aug 23, 2013 2:41 PM CST

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On top of all that, it sure is a lot nicer to handle them, if they are spineless. The fruit from my cactus was very small and it didn't mature.
I remember when I was a kid in Spain, they sold the fruits at the market where they peeled them for you and you could it them right there,

There were delicious!! Rolling my eyes.
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wildflowers
Aug 23, 2013 3:16 PM CST

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I was reading this article about the spineless cactus http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/databases/cactus/cactusca...
and it says that the optunias were once all spineless. Now they are cultivating them to an improved spineless with excellent production of improved fruits.

Hmmm.
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frostweed
Aug 23, 2013 3:42 PM CST

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That is an excellent article Christine, thank you for posting. Smiling
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TennesseeDave
Aug 23, 2013 7:13 PM CST
Beautiful bloom! Congrats!

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