By Ed Powers, Colorado Master Gardener
|Potted Prickly Pear Cactus early in summer. Middle of plant is a columbine that is two years old and grown from seed.|
The pads are modified branches. And of course anyone who has dealt with the cactus is aware of their spines.
in that pot, including a columbine I started from seed.
This year something changed. Where before two to three new pads were added each this year, this year we added 10 new pads. Before we had no flowers, this year we had 28 flowers. Something else occurred, the first flowers bloomed for one day, the later flowers lasted 2-3 days and again they were a bright yellow.