Advice on growing opuntia cactus

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Jessicap

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emysemys said:
That looks like Opuntia Santa Margarita. It has some pretty nasty spines, but it is edible. Its a lower growing shrub-type plant than the one that Sharkstar is growing. Also, it has a blue/grey color to the pad rather than green. Its a very pretty opuntia. I have one in my collecition.
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as for the spines, you just burn them off? How do torts eat these in the wild? They just sound VERY unfriendly :(
 

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the type I have has little almost microscopic spines. hair-like, and a bugger if you happen to get one stuck. no worries, if you can see it, you can grab it with tweezers. As for those with bigger spines, I think you have to peel them off? I don't know if the blow torch will do any good for thicker spines.
 

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How do you feed them? I have some prickly pear pads and I took the spines off but do I just cut it up and give it to her? Or give it to her whole?
 

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the older the pad, the more inner fiber it will have. tough for little ones to handle, and RV sometimes has issues. The older pads I cut cross-wise, so the fibers are cut. The new pads are very tender. the only problem is that they are flat; RV will work and work and work on a pad that is flat, finally either finishing the pad or leaving it, top side scraped and bottom untouched. I will use tongs to feed RV a pad if needed.

Hope this helps.
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