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Re: It's December? Already?


Cyndi, I suggest that you peruse Burbank's notebooks 
[http://tinyurl.com/26aast] for his take on opuntia. He spent a lot of 
time and effort developing the spineless ones.


On Dec 3, 2007, at 5:02 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> Hmmm. I don't know the species of what I have. I got it from Yucca Do,
> and they list it simply as Opuntia "Old Mexico", says zone 8a to 10. In
> a normal year, if the zone info is correct, it should manage. Last year
> was way cold though. I wanted spineless because husband gripes a lot if
> he has to work anywhere near prickly things. We have a little native
> prickly pear in the hills around here, very pretty pink flowers, but
> it's got serious weaponry or I'd bring home a pad or two.
>
> Cyndi
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Cathy Carpenter
> Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 1:45 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's December? Already?
>
> Depends on the species of Opuntia. O. humifusa is native to the
> entire eastern half of the US. Mine grows quite happily in Illinois,
> despite winter moisture and freezing. O. macrorhiza and O. fragilis
> are also quite cold tolerant.
>
> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
>
> On Dec 3, 2007, at 12:10 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
>
>>
>> So we had our nice rain on Friday, I can see the dry garden
>> appreciated
>> it, the penstemons in particular sort of perked up. I am not so
>> sanguine
>> about my opuntia cactus, despite the new growth it put on during the
>> summer it isn't looking that happy now. Maybe it just isn't meant to
>> live where it freezes. This spring I will go knock on the door of the
>> guy at the end of our block, he has a nice spineless opuntia that
>> seems
>> to do okay here, I'll beg a couple of pads from him.
>>
>> Cyndi
>>
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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