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#1 of 5 Old 06-06-2002, 09:54 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My brother showed up at my house with a liquor box full of prickly pear cactus. There are about 8 plants, all 18-24" high. Apparently, my mother's friend planted them around her pool a few years ago, and they've overgrown so much that she's uprooting them to give away. They've been in the box for 24 hours, so I need to plant them tonight.

Here's my dilemma: we don't really have enough garden space, so I need to plant them in containers. I know I need cactus soil, but am uncertain how big of a container each plant needs, and also don't know how big they will get. Can anyone help?

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Hey veggie!

How big are they?

These things are weeds where I live, they are pretty darn hardy i Southern climates and it is impossible to kill them. DOnt worry about them being out of the dirt. Cactus are notorious for being ok barerooted.

Put them in a pot that reflects the size you want them. Transplanting cacti is a job from hades.
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They're almost two feet high, and they look so neat. I'm amazed that they grow around here, but apparently they do well (as seen by the size of these things!)

I'm getting thick gloves - they don't have many large spines, but they do have these wicked little fine hair-like ones you can't see. I have one lodged in my index finger from picking the damn thing up.

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I used to work in a green house and we didn't do much special for the sooil for cactus. We added a bit of extra sand I think, otherwise, it was regular potting soil. We also used a constant feed type of fertilizing which means that every watering is with a water soluable food that is low dose. They grew like weeds. Good luck with them.

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How are they doing????? Let me know! I would like to put some cacti around the wooded edge of the garden.....since you live so close I am sure if they do well in your yard they will here too.

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