MACHO MONSTER OPUNTIA!
Opuntia engelmannii var subarmata Opuntia X ‘Old Mexico’? (Thanks for the ID David!)I started it from one pad and it quickly grew in the pot until I planted it in the ground August 23, 2012.Here is the same little guy going through a growth spurt just 13 days later!And now look at this macho monster with still 5 months to go before his first “in-ground” birthday! Thank goodness kids do not grow this fast!!! He is sprouting new pads like mad. I have 3 – I don’t fertilize them, I don’t do anything to them for that matter. The plan is to have cactus mountains bisecting this very large front bed. They will be the mulch for the two desert willows (Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’), bordered by mass plantings of gulf muhly grass (Muhlenbergia Capillaris) to soften this Texas Native and Texas Tough scene. At this rate…I may have some hills by fall! Fingers crossed!!!!
Sorry…I must be cracking up you Texans and desert plant growers – but these are my first cacti I have ever started and planted in the ground. I am in awe of it all!
Hey…everything IS bigger in Texas, eh?????