B and T World Seeds' reference number:
The average, annual, minimum temperature zone where Opuntia tuna is cold hardy
USDA Zone:9 20° to 30°F (-6.5° to -1°C)
|Type of plant - shrub
Flower or inflorescence:
pale YELLOW, RED tinged
RED, obovoid, ~3cm.
segs. up to 16cm. long, usu. less, BROWNISH above
|Height, in meters: 1
Height, in feet: 3.30
|Opuntia tuna sales history
Common names for Opuntia tuna:
|IOS 01610 status uncertain, Tuna Prickly Pear,|
is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.
|5||: Cactus Seed List|
|See also *Succulent Plant Seed List|
|30||: Exotic and Other Fruit and Nut Tree and Shrub List|
|43||: Herbaceous Border Plant Seed List|
|54||: Ecuadorean Native and Introduced Plants|
|68||: West Indian Native and Introduced Plants|
|110||: South American Native Plant Seed List|
|720||: Fire Resistant Plants|
|Different classes of resistance: some grow back, some don't burn, a few have highly inflammable leaves that leave the rest of the plant intact, some trees don't have lower branches.|
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds.
Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like
require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.|
Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet,
the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Opuntia tuna seeds will usually germinate in 5-180 days, even under good conditions germination may be erratic.
Sand, and loam, with some sphagnum moss or coir (coconut fiber/dust) make a good mix for germinating Opuntia tuna 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.