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Fountain Hills, Arizona
Azwoes
Apr 11, 2018 8:25 AM CST
Just this week one of my prickly pearsstarted leaning over, like It's going to break off. Don't see stem breakage or bugs. Also Some paddles have turned over on the other one. I have No idea what's going on with them. Any ideas would be Helpful.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Apr 12, 2018 7:22 AM CST
Could it be all the flower buds are weighing it down? Its very pretty and I hope you post a pic when she blooms, other members will have more advice for you.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
Azwoes
Apr 12, 2018 11:16 AM CST
Thanks for the reply. Don't think it's being weighed down, as other paddles
Are fine. Here's a pic though of the blooms. Thank You!
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Apr 12, 2018 2:33 PM CST
It's so pretty , maybe you should repost in the cactus forum Thumbs up you should get more answers over their Green Grin!
Name: stone
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stone
Apr 12, 2018 3:03 PM CST
My prickly pear (Opuntia sp.) always 'relaxes' over the winter... your pictures look perfectly normal to me.

Anything that touches the soil will root, and become a new plant, if you need new specimens.

Surprising to see it happening with just the top couple of paddles, though... have you noticed a lot of wind recently?
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DaisyI
Apr 12, 2018 3:13 PM CST
It looks fine to me. Bending over and rooting is what happens to large Opuntia and why you see entire fields of them. Most don't grow from seed but rather, the pads bend over and take root. I love those orange flowers!
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