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NM Cholla Cactus not Flowering in OK

Posted by mrpoptop OK (My Page) on
Sat, May 8, 10 at 17:21

I have a Cholla Cactus that came from New Mexico that will not flower. I started it 5 years ago for a cutting from a plant in New Mexico. The plant it came from was over 8 feet tall. My cutting was about 8 inches tall. It has taken to the Oklahoma claylike soil very well. It adds new growth every year. It is a little over 3 feet tall now. It is planeted on the southside of my house so it gets full sun.
I have not had any flowers on this plant. Does the plant have to get a certain hieght or age before it will bloom?

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RE: NM Cholla Cactus not Flowering in OK

Possibly. I can't recall seeing fruit on small plants EVER here in NM. Good question.

RE: NM Cholla Cactus not Flowering in OK

I'd say your plant is still too young to flower, 5 years is young for a cactus.
Is it a single trunk? If not how many trunks does it have? What's the approximate diameter of the cane/s?
What part of NM did you bring it from?
An 8 foot tall cholla is a fairly aged one. If yours is 3 ft. at the moment, it has some growing to do.

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