I hope you never have to move a prickly pear.
The house next to ours has sold and will be torn down.
So my borderline garden plants have to be moved
to be kept out of harms way.
Yes, even a prickly pear is no match for a bulldozer!
Fortunately, I have one of the spineless forms.
I'm not sure what the species is, but it still has the little glochids (tiny spines) around
each of those dots. Beware of glochids!
To begin with, always prepare your Opuntia's new home
before the thing gets anywhere near it.
Imagine painting this pot with the Opuntia in the middle.
Ouch ouch ouch.
(BTW: that's Loyal Blue SW6510 by Sherwin Williams....it's a nice color)
Use gloves and a folded newspaper to stabilize the prickly pear while
digging it up.
If a pad falls off, don't worry. Just lay it on bare soil and it will set roots
and start to grow a new plant.
Here's the Opuntia in its new home.
Since most Opuntias are top heavy, I would recommend
adding some type of brace to your plant until it fills the pot with roots.
I used some bricks since I didn't want to get near the tiny splinters.
Opuntias look terrific in front of weathered wood, by old rustic fences,
or by solid adobe or stucco walls.
I have only one and one is enough for that Texas look.
We have a number of species here, so I'd love to know
what this one is.
Anyone willing to take a wild guess? I think I found it in New Braunfels, Texas.
I only had 3 of those micro spines in my finger after all was said and done.
I had gloves on 99% of the time and only took them off to take
one of the photos. I swear glochids can jump!
Thanks for stopping by.