Plant ID forum: How do you care for a cactus and what kind do I have?

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Name: Traci Jordan
Windsor N.S (Zone 6b)
Jun 19, 2017 5:49 AM CST
I bought a cactus, I'm wanting to start a cactus garden, but I know nothing about cacti😂 please help! What kind of cactus is this so I can do some research?
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Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
(Heat zone - 1, Sunset zone - 5)
Region: Pacific Northwest Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents
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Jun 19, 2017 6:02 AM CST
Hi! Welcome! I love cacti, though I do not have any myself. That looks like 'bunny ears' to me. Some people also call them 'angel wings'. Angora Bunny-Ears (Opuntia microdasys 'Albata')
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Name: Traci Jordan
Windsor N.S (Zone 6b)
Jun 19, 2017 7:46 AM CST
Thank you so much James! Thank You!
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Jun 19, 2017 10:20 AM CST
Yes, it looks like a form of Opuntia microdasys. Water when the soil is going dry. Provide as much light as possible, especially in the winter (when light is going to be an issue in NS). And above all be aware that those little spines (technically they are called glochids) may present an ongoing hazard to children or pets, or even adults who are too curious. So position the plant carefully out of the way of traffic. It's really easy to get a dozen of them stuck in your hand but it can take a long time to get all those spines out. (When in doubt, try duct tape.)
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 19, 2017 10:58 AM CST
When my brother fell into an Opuntia (he lived in Arizona), the emergency room used duct tape to get the spines out. Smiling
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Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Jun 19, 2017 6:59 PM CST
I had to use duct tape to get all the spines out of my hand once too, not a fun experience Hilarious!

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