Prickly pear

August 12, 2017 17:51 | Cacti And Other Succulents

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loved by many cacti growers under natural conditions in their homeland are considered malignant weeds ....Malicious - because they are very difficult to destroy because of the rare ability to stalk and root parts.Well, that Australian or Mexican gardener in harm to grower-fan becomes an advantage.Stems from Opuntia jointed, sometimes flat ( "Teschin language"), sometimes round or teardrop-shaped, they are covered not only the spines but characteristic only of this genus glochidia - easily break off thin bristles to indent at the end, able to not only dig into the skin, butand retained therein.In addition, the young shoots of prickly pear, as a rule, are present and rudimentary leaves.The root system is shallow and highly branched.Flowers solitary, large, shirokootkrytye.

most common in the culture room types: Prickly pear white-haired ♦ shrub reaching in vivo 3 m in height;segments of the stem up to 20 cm long, flattened, round or oval;hairlike spines, densely covering the stems, white;flowers to

8 cm in diameter, yellow.Opuntia clavate * Miniature view of branching, as fingers, shoots;synthetic form that is displayed by vaccination.Opuntia tomentosa * Segments elongated, velvety dark green.Opuntia Microdasys * From previous species differs areoles close together and the absence of spines on the touch;glochidia numerous;kind beloklochkovaya - glochidia white;kind zolotistoklochkovaya - glochidia golden yellow;kind of Rufus - glochidia brownish-reddish.Opuntia * Stem prostrate prostrate, round or egg-shaped segments;glochidia red-brown.Opuntia ficus-indica ♦ Under natural conditions, up to 5 m in height;the stem at the bottom of the old copies odrevesnevaet;segments to half a meter in length;areola small;numerous spines, yellow.* Opuntia cylindrical segments long, rounded in cross section unpretentious cacti.Features:

requirement to moisture: the summer - abundant watering, but the stagnation of water absolutely can not stand.In winter, watering economical.Temperature range: optimum winter temperature within 8-12 ° C.Resistant to extreme temperature fluctuations.Light regime: very love of light.The requirement to the ground: ground without features.Desirable feeding solutions of mineral fertilizers.Reproduction: cuttings.Cuttings root in the sand.Other features: the summer can be moved in the open ground, dropwise with the ground, along with pots.