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SueBennie
Feb 18, 2019 11:45 AM CST
I bought a Prickly Pear last year and it had flowers but of course the fruit did not develop. Do I now need to remove the flower growth entirely?
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As can be seen from the photo the flower buds developed all along the top of the plant should these be removed?


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DaisyI
Feb 18, 2019 12:19 PM CST
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The seed pods are not harming your plant. You can take them off but, if you have to force them off, you risk harming the plant. It should grow more leaves this year from the spots were it bloomed. I suspect what you bought was a mature rooted leaf that bloomed because it was all set to bloom when removed from the mother plant. The pot looks very small for such a (what plans to be) very large Prickly Pear.
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plantmanager
Feb 18, 2019 12:26 PM CST
I usually leave them on until they can be knocked off very easily without damaging the plant. I agree it should be planted in the ground if they are hardy where you live. If not, a larger pot would be better for it. Make sure it's in a very well draining cactus mix.
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SueBennie
Feb 19, 2019 1:10 AM CST
Many thanks for your replies.
I live in the south of England and do well with citrus, even though they have be come into my lean to over winter. The P. Pear has to come inside the house.
I can see the need for a larger pot - when can this be done, any particular time of year? Should I also be using fertiliser?
So, as I understand it, new leaves form where the flower buds have been but is it likely to get new flower buds?
When I look up care of the Prickly Pear it makes assumptions that you know how they grow - obviously I don't!.
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svendhoest
Feb 19, 2019 9:41 AM CST
It is a Opuntia ficus indica that is not hardy , can endure minus 2 C for a short time .
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plantmanager
Feb 19, 2019 10:11 AM CST
After new pads grow, you'll get more blooms from them. Good luck! I'm glad you're growing it there.
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Baja_Costero
Feb 19, 2019 11:07 AM CST

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Repotting is probably best done in the spring. New pads will sprout from roughly where the flowers sprouted. Skip the fertilizer until you've had the plant for a year or two, and then only fertilize with a low dose during the warmer months when the plant is actively growing.

About the flowers.... most prickly pears tend not to flower until they are a few years old. I'm sure there are exceptions, but that's the rule. So it would seem that somebody took a pad from a mature plant that was flowering and rooted it for sale. Your plant is unlikely to sprout new flower buds until there are a few levels of pads above the current one, years from now.
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