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Prickly Pear

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Question: 1180-4214
I have some prickly pear. One is in a large pot with no drainage at the bottom. and the other three are in the ground, but all have the problem -- dark spots and falling petals. What can I do? Suzanne.

Mort's Answer:
Prickly pear cactus and most succulents require very little water except when they are in bloom. The first symptom is soft leaves. Because your pot has no drainage, water is building up. I would transfer to a clay pot. Use new potting soil with a third sand. Be sure to use sterile potting soil. Cut out any black roots. You may have given the outdoor plants to much fertilizer and water to compensate for a dry summer. All cacti and succulents love arid conditions I have an aloe that will get no water this winter until it blooms. Opuntia survives in the desert with no help from humans.

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