Nopal growing cactus of the genus Opuntia also known as Prickly Pear cactus, Nopal perennial plant and also used as ornamental plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate, tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 8+.
Mostly refer to the Prickly pear without a lot of spines and more tender branch mostly the fruit are the part that eat in those spices.
Stem is edible and called cladode some refers them as leaves, harvesting all year when the cladode young.
Flower color orange yellow or pink, fruit are also edible but mostly not use for eat, fruit color mostly red.
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Requirements for Nopal growing and care:
More than -10C
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Recommended planting season?
Spring / Summer / Autumn
Pests and diseases:
Autumn / Winter
How to prune:
old stems that don’t bring new stems
Size of the plant?
2-4 m, 6-12 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, but not recommend to let it grow too much
General information about the flower
Orange yellow or pink flowers
Thinning the bloom:
Mostly there is no use for the fruit, in the shape of the fruit
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Fruits pests or diseases:
What can be done with big quantities of Nopal fruits?
Eat raw, juice, jams
Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick the fruit is hard (the spines can be loose when try to pick them) recommend to pick the fruits with sunglass
How long does it take to bear fruit?