Information for Opuntia microdasys

B and T World Seeds' reference number: 9501
USDA average, annual, minimum temperature Zone:9
Type of plant - shrub
Flower: 4x4cm. YELLOW, ~RED tinged out
Fruit: ~3cm. dia. ~glob. fleshy PURPLE-RED
Foliage: bo forms thickets, brseg 15x12cm. obl.-suborb., GREEN velvety, 0-1 spine
Height in meters: 0.4-0.6

Common names for Opuntia microdasys: Angel's-Wings,  Bunny Ears,  Bunny-Ears,  Bunny-ears Prickly-pear,  Cegador,  Golden-Bristle,  IOS 01782,  Nopal Cegador,  Nopalillo Cegador, 

Opuntia microdasys is included in the following B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories:
5:   Cactus Seed List
43:   Herbaceous Border Plant Seed List
62:   Mexican Native and Introduced Plants
281:  Cactaceae
720:   Fire Resistant Plants

Germination guide
Opuntia microdasys seeds will usually germinate in 5-180 days, even under good conditions germination may be erratic. Normally will only germinate with light so surface sow. Sow Opuntia microdasys seeds on the surface of a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 25C.

Sand, and loam, with some sphagnum moss or coir (coconut fiber/dust) make a good mix for germinating cacti and similar seeds. The mix needs to be free-draining, and to be slightly water retentive. Surface sow the seeds and just cover with sand. Start germinating the seeds in shady (dark), humid conditions. As the seeds start to germinate, increase the light and decrease the humidity.


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