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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jun 27, 2017 6:12 PM CST
Please & thank you! (:
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jun 27, 2017 6:49 PM CST
It looks like it could be Austrocylindropuntia subulata - aka 'Eve's Needle'.
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mcvansoest
Jun 27, 2017 7:34 PM CST
Nope, that is a cholla (so a regular cylindropuntia) from the SW US/Mexico. New growth on Chollas also have those leaves, but they later loose them. It could be C. spinosior, but I'd have to look at some books before I can confirm that as some look alike a lot.

Looking at the soil, you will want to be careful with watering, these plants can take a lot of abuse especially when it is hot and dry, but they do not like to have wet feet for a prolonged amount of time any time, but especially when it is not hot. So be careful to let the soil dry out before watering especially if you are growing it indoors.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 27, 2017 7:37 PM CST
I agree a Cholla and I agree that soil looks way too nice for a cholla to be happy in.
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jun 28, 2017 6:44 AM CST
That is specific cactus soil I bought! I use it for all my succulents/cacti, and the pot has a hole in the bottom for drainage!
Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jun 28, 2017 6:47 AM CST
Also, so those leaves will be lost later on?
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jun 28, 2017 6:48 AM CST
I am happy to stand corrected. Nice to learn something... Smiling
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 28, 2017 10:13 AM CST
ljones26 said:Also, so those leaves will be lost later on?


Yes, the little leaves are just on the new growth. Here is one in my yard showing this year's and last year's growth.
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jun 28, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Thanks Daisy, so beautiful! (:
Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 9, 2017 9:55 PM CST
Hi! It's me again. Are we sure it is not Opuntia sublata like Hetty suggested? I saw one today at a botanical garden and right away I thought of my one at home!

What is the difference between the sublata and a cholla? Thanks!(:
Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Jul 9, 2017 10:39 PM CST
Yes, we are sure.

Austrocylindropuntia subulata:
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Cylindropuntia imbricata (which looks more like your plant than C. spinosior, which I suggested before):
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The subulata is a south american species while the cholla occur in the SW US and Mexico. They have a lot of similarities, but when mature they are quite obviously different. Most chollas have shorter sections and the leaves only occur on the new growth. In a way it is the same on the subulata, but the leaves are most consistently present on the newest growth, on the chollas those leaves will quite quickly go away.


Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Jul 10, 2017 5:31 AM CST
Okay thank you so much I really appreciate it!!!(:

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