Spineless Opuntia Cactus - 7'
The Opuntia cacanapa 'Ellisiana' aka Opuntia cactus is native to the US ( South Texas) and Mexico. This Opuntia is massive! It is approx. 7' tall and planted in a 14" grow pot. It is a hybrid cultivated for its lack of thorns or shorter tufts of prickles. It is fast growing and produces grey green pads that are held vertically on spreading mostly horizontal stems. They are also known for their edible parts which includes the pads (nopal) which is prepared like a vegetable, the flower petals can be used in salads and the pear (tunas), can be eaten as a fruit.
Native to Mexico and South Texas.
Opuntia cacanapa 'Ellisiana' requires plenty of full sun. Eight hours of direct sunlight a day is ideal but at a minimum these plants should be provided with at least five hours.
During the grow season, it should be watered thoroughly, when the soil is dry. During cold, winter months, it should be left to dry between waterings and watered sparingly. In winter, check your local weather before watering indoor arid plants. It is best to water if there is a stretch of sunshine in the forecast.
The Opuntia can be easily propagated by leaf cuttings. When a new leaf (or paddle) grows, gently separate it from the mother plant allowing the cut end to callous. Once calloused introduce to a gritty cactus soil and wait to water until you feel resistance to the plant when to tug at the top. Best to only propagate during the summer grow season. Fertilize: These cacti do not require much fertilization. To give them a boost during the growing season fertilize once monthly with a fertilizer formulated specifically for cacti and succulents.
Approx. 16" tall and 2" at the widest point. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.