Hardy Cactus

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Hardy Cactus

Postby Annie » May 07, 2006 7:47 pm

Anyone know anything about the hardy cactus that grows in IL, zone 5?
I have some a friend gave me a couple of years ago. I have them in a cement donkey cart LOL.
But they are doing really good!
I have never heard of any hardy ones until I got these. I know they bloom yellow cause my friend a couple of blocks from me said hers bloomed last year.

Anyone got any info on them?
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Postby Old earth dog » May 18, 2006 12:43 am

Prickly Pear! The bloom reminds me of a Japanese paeonie. Beautiful yellow with a red center. The flower last for a very short time. I haven't had any for a few years now.
Opuntia robusta....I THINK! :oops: :D
If you find some, break a "leaf" off, let it dry out for a fw days and stick it in well drained soil. :wink:
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Postby JaneG » May 27, 2006 10:55 pm

Hi Annie! Yup, I have a Prickly Pear cactus here in central IL that grows and blooms wonderfully for me. I was surprised to find out they would survive outdoors here. It's a fun to see people's reaction when they see a cactus growing in the garden here!
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Re: Hardy Cactus

Postby gamekeeper » Sep 18, 2008 12:51 pm

High Country Nursery specializes in hardy cacti and succulents mine are doing well.
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