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sushiwaitress

First time homeowner with busy day job. Trying to transition from suburban lawn & tangled trees to edible landscaping. New Jersey USA Zone 7a

Opuntia humifusa

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sushiwaitress

Late fall #pricklypear #opuntiahumifusa #easternpricklypear #native #nativeplant #succulentsunday 22 Oct 2021

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cactusbob

Pretty!

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sushiwaitress

Four pink fruits! #opuntiahumifusa #native #nativeplant #easternpricklypear #succulent #cactus 23 Sep 2021 #ouch #glochidsareevil

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gjones

That's a nice big plant!

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racha

what do u do with the fruit. I have this plant but i don't know what to do with the fruit it's too sour to eat

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sushiwaitress

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.

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sushiwaitress

@racha the ones from Mexico are the yummy ones

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racha

@sushiwaitress ohh i see. we have an other type that is way delicious than this one but this one the pigement on it is just beautiful

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sushiwaitress

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

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sushiwaitress

This flower bud plumped up... pollinated? These usually just dry up and fall off. #pricklypearcactus #easternpricklypear #succulent #cactus #nativeplant #native #ediblelandscaping 4 Sep 2021

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sushiwaitress

Nov 2019 to June 2021: less than two years and it's really happy in this pot on the south side of the house. 6 June 2021 #opuntiahumifusa #native #nativeplant #easternpricklypear #cactus #succulent

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pooh4jvn

Nice bloom clusters!

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sushiwaitress

Yesterday's pure yellow flower now has an orange throat. Maybe orange = pollinated? Will continue to observe. 28 May 2021 #opuntiahumifusa #native #nativeplant #easternpricklypear #succulent

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sushiwaitress

Yesterday's #blossom closed up tight. Maybe pollinated? We'll see..... 28 May 2021 #opuntiahumifusa #native #nativeplant #easternpricklypear #succulent

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Dragon_Warrior

Do you eat them? @sushiwaitress

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sushiwaitress

@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.

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Dragon_Warrior

@sushiwaitress That's cool. I was just wondering because I heard they are edible. I would love to try one sometime 😊

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sushiwaitress

@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 😉🌵🍐

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sushiwaitress

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

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sushiwaitress

It's starting! #opuntiahumifusa #native #nativeplant #easternpricklypear 27 May 2021

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shinygarden584

Wow! Look at all those flower buds! That's impressive!

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sushiwaitress

Gonna bloom our head off -- in a while 25 May 2021 #opuntiahumifusa #native #nativeplant #easternpricklypear #succulent

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sushiwaitress

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

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emch

#wickedspines #101uses

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sushiwaitress

#easternpricklypear getting fat and happy and full of buds and new growth #opuntiahumifusa #native #nativeplant #glochidsareevil 30 Apr 2021

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cowdenkyle

I love how these grow🌵

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sushiwaitress

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

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Dragon_Warrior

@sushiwaitress Wow! It looks great 😍

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sushiwaitress

I think this might just maybe be the beginning of a real #pricklypear #fruit -- there definitely was a flowerbud that fell off of this spot... 30 June 2020 #easternpricklypear #opuntiahumifusa

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sushiwaitress

The petals are thin and papery -- almost like feathers 22 June 2020 #easternpricklypear #opuntiahumifusa #cactus #cactusflower #succulent

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sushiwaitress

My first-ever (potted) cactus flower #easternpricklypear #opuntiahumifusa 22 June 2020 #cactus #cactusflower #succulent

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sushiwaitress

#prayingmantis #prayingmantis-baby #praying-mantis #goodbug #beneficialinsect #beneficialcritter #opuntiahumifusa #easternpricklypear 6 June 2020

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kylers

❤️ the little crawly critter

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sushiwaitress

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

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sushiwaitress

It rained last night and the new pads are even bigger today 30 May 2020 #easternpricklypear #opuntiahumifusa

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sushiwaitress

These guys loooooove being in the sun. #opuntiahumifusa #easternpricklypear 26 May 2020 #newgrowth

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sushiwaitress

New pads coming on the #easternpricklypear #opuntiahumifusa #newgrowth 15 May 2020

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sushiwaitress

22 Apr 2020 couldn't wait a whole week. They looked callused-over a bit... hope they make it. #opuntiahumifusa #easternpricklypear

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sushiwaitress

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

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sushiwaitress

Some new growth! 17 Apr 2020 #opuntiahumifusa #easternpricklypear #cactus #glochids #glochidsareevil #ouch

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sushiwaitress

Some new growth! 17 Apr 2020 #opuntiahumifusa #easternpricklypear #cactus #glochids #glochidsareevil #ouch

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sushiwaitress

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

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moore.794

Make it fine z5. Will wrinkle up bad but will plump up as soon as warm

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