I don't know @racha this is the first year it's made fruits. They are really small, and this isn't the kind that is big and sweet in the grocery stores. I have another patch of prickly pear elsewhere in my yard so I'll probably take a couple pads from this plant and put them with the other patch because it seems that they're not self-fertile. Not sure if that's really an answer.
LOOK I'M GETTING FRUITS! Last year I stuck a pad from my front yard into the pot with the #opuntiahumifusa #easternpricklypear that I got from the Philadelphia Cactus and Succulent Society, and it appears that we have achieved #cross-pollination! 12 Sep 2012
@Dragon_Warrior You know, I never considered trying them because the hispanic markets around here sell nopales, which I believe are a different variety. But I bet these are edible. If these make fruits you bet I'll be trying them.
@Dragon_Warrior You can find prickly pear fruits (called 'tuna' in Spanish) at Hispanic markets pretty readily. There are red ones and green ones and they're worth trying. Full and I mean full of seeds, but they're quite nice when chilled, peeled, and sliced. Just don't chew too hard 😉🌵🍐
One of the blooms is pure yellow, and one has a bit of orange in the throat. They're both blooming from the same cactus pad. Wonder what's the difference. Age perhaps? Last year there was no orange in the flowers. #opuntiahumifusa #native #nativeplant #easternpricklypear 27 May 2021
This baby is reeeeeally happy here. It's about to bloom its head off this summer. Wonder if it'll fruit this year. #opuntiahumifusa #native #nativeplant #pricklypear #easternpricklypear #pricklypearcactus 9 May 2021
Can't believe how much this guy has grown since I got the six pads in November. I added one more pad in March from the patch in the front yard, and this guy has been putting out new pads as fast as he can. #easternpricklypear #opuntiahumifusa #pricklypear 11 July 2020
I had no idea these #easternpricklypear #cactus pads would sprout so much new growth in just a few months! One of the pads that I took from the patch in the front yard even has two flower buds on it! #opuntiahumifusa 6 June 2020
I snipped the two pads off of the far-left pad and put them in the box to callous over. The big pad in the box I pulled off the patch in the front yard. I'll stick them all in this pot with the others next weekend. 18 Apr 2020 #easternpricklypear #opuntiahumifusa
I adopted these #easternpricklypear cuttings/pads at a Philadelphia Cactus and Succulent Society meeting last fall. I have them growing in my yard already but I had this empty pot by the garage so I tucked them in there. Sure enough they made it through the winter. 24 Mar 2020