[NAFEX] Prickley Pear/Nopales

loneroc loneroc at mwt.net
Fri Oct 15 20:31:28 EDT 2004

Prickley pear (Opuntia macrorhyza sp?) is native to southwest Wisconsin.  I
found a thornless clone in a bank planter in Alma, Wisconsin a number of
years ago.  I'd be happy to send a pad or two to any one who is interested.
It does need dry conditions or it is subject to fungal infections.

Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI USDA zone 3 (or 4 the last few years)
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Fruth" <jfruth at uslink.net>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2004 9:04 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Prickley Pear/Nopales

>    Re Mark Lee's question about anyone outside of the Southwest who may
> grown prickly pear, I have done so here in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota.
>    There are a number of subspecies available, most of which are either
> thornless or nearly so.  I obtained some of each from www.rivenrock.com.
> Since, obviously, they wouldn't survive a Minnesota winter, I dug each up
> and stored them like I would dig and store gladiola bulbs, hoping to plant
> them out the following Spring.  Most failed to survive the winter storage
> however the wild type, the variety with the wicked thorns did make it and
> produced a crop of paddles the following season.
>    My days of gardening in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Central
> California made me spoiled.  Among other vegetables, I grew and sold
> 'spineless' nopales for several farmers' markets.  Thorned nopales didn't
> sell there and probably wouldn't sell here in Minnesota either so I
> curtailed my project when the spineless varieties didn't perform.
> Jim Fruth
> Pequot Lakes, MN
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