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Andrew Barney

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Propagating Green Cacti Fruit
« on: 2018-11-06, 07:30:28 AM »
Not exactly seed saving,  but close enough i figure. Not exactly plant breeding on its own. Found this picture and idea in an old book recently and thought I'd share it.

I'm trying it out on one of those giant cactus fruits you can buy at the store now. Not sure what species as that affects ploidy number (a topic i will create soon). We will see if it works. If so, it could help get a jump start on starting from seed as this would grow faster. Cacti sure are interesting.


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Re: Propagating Green Cacti Fruit
« Reply #1 on: 2019-02-19, 05:06:51 AM »
Opuntia -  By coincidence a related question was raised just this evening on an Aussie board - are there spineless Opuntia available in the US? Burbank was cited as a source. Any variety names? Australian sources? (I doubt this - we spent a huge effort in obliterating the bloody thing)

I do have a fruiting cactus gifted to me by Rowan from HG, that is hanging on - I'm looking to propagate some insurance plants.
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Re: Propagating Green Cacti Fruit
« Reply #2 on: 2019-02-19, 09:38:58 AM »
Opuntia -  By coincidence a related question was raised just this evening on an Aussie board - are there spineless Opuntia available in the US? Burbank was cited as a source. Any variety names? Australian sources? (I doubt this - we spent a huge effort in obliterating the bloody thing)

I do have a fruiting cactus gifted to me by Rowan from HG, that is hanging on - I'm looking to propagate some insurance plants.
GM

Yeah,  the Burbank one is nearly spineless as are the others if they are different from each other.

http://www.territorialseed.com/product/Luther_Burbanks_Thornless_Opuntia_Prickly_Pear/all-fruit-plants

I tried buying that one once,  but I think It died outside once winter hit. I may try buying it again. I have two nearly spineless specimens that I have right now. One i think i got from Joseph when I requested some purple flowered opuntia. Bonus if it has both traits. The other one i ordered from Texas on etsy. It has also survived my winter.

I'm interested in nearly spineless and those with purple flowered rather than yellow.