the best conditions for the growth of Opuntia are the temperate ones, not tolerating temperatures below 4-5 °. For this reason it is often grown in apartments, where the most important factor will be the light, which should be possibly direct and with a prolonged exposure time. Being a typically desert plant, it does not stand the atmospheric humidity and it is therefore good to prefer places ventilated enough to prevent mold and disease.
- succulent plants originating in South America; they are very similar to the opuntias, but the stems are divided into segments of cylindrical or ovoid shape, while in the opuntias the segments are crushed…
- The well-exposed balcony is both a great opportunity and a source of anxiety. This location allows us to have beautiful blooms prematurely in the year and keep them until autumn in the morning.
is carried out once a year in spring, must be carried out with specific products and in fairly mild doses.
Given the large number of existing varieties, we divide them into sub-genres for convenience, which differ from each other both in the shape of the branches and in the bearing of the plant.
With an erect posture, this plant can also have a considerable height, the shape is that of a tree with several branches that start from the central trunk. The light-coloured thorns are quite long (3-4 cm) and, with the passing of the years, can also assume a darker colouration. The inflorescence is white to yellow and the fruit is yellow.
Opuntia ficus indicates
Coming from the desert areas of Mexico and now present in the hottest areas of our country. The shape is that of a tree with large branches that start from the base, the branches are flattened to form large shovels. The edible fruits are reddish yellow and covered with glochids. It can also reach large sizes and grow under extreme conditions.
Opuntia, Fig d’India – Robust Opuntia: Opuntia microdasys
This plant, smaller than the previous ones, finds its origins in Mexico and reaches the meter of height. Very cultivated for its aesthetic aspect, it is mainly used for compositions both for its colouring and for the excellent contrast it offers with other succulent plants. Usually the plant has no spines but is covered with glochids that ensure the protection of the plant.
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