Opuntia robusta growing cactus of the genus Opuntia also known as Wheel cactus or giant Prickly pear cactus, Opuntia robusta perennial thorny plant also used as ornamental plant can grow in desert, subtropical, tropic, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+.
Opuntia robusta stems
Stem color green gray with round shape when mature become brown and change their shape more oval as stem, the stem called cladode some refers them as leaves.
Flower color yellow, the flower bloom on top of bud like fruit.
Fruit color can be: purple- red, the peel covers with spines.
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Requirements for Opuntia robusta 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:
How to prune:
More for design the ease to pick the fruits
Size of the plant?
2-6 m, 6-18 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
General information about the flower
Yellow flower, in the shape of the fruit
Pollination is done by:
Bees, butterfly, humming bird
Fruit harvest season:
Fruits pests or diseases:
Snails, slugs, birds
What can be done with big quantities of Opuntia robusta 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 and gloves
How long does it take to bear fruit?