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Although one of the first cactus plant that I was exposed to was a classic Opuntia (most likely Opuntia robustus), I am not a big fan of them. One reason is that many grow to become large plants, and I don't like to manage and maintain large plants, particularly those which are difficult to repot. The other is that I hate glochids. Ugh... My collection is quickly becoming an Opuntia-free collection.

I think this is an Opuntia inarmata. It was originally grown in aquaculture, hence the explosion of offsets. On transplanting into normal soil, most of the roots have been cut to allow for new roots to develop.

The plant, which is about 8" tall, appears to be doing well after the transplant. Aquaculture is a good method for fattening plants quickly. More pictures of this plant can be found in the Early Aquaculture Experiments Page.

Don't let those pesky scale insects and flies get inside all those nooks and crannies, though. I eventually destroyed this plant because of an infestation; it wasn't going to do very well with my kind of treatment.

This was part of my collection of Opuntia microdasys. I have both white spine and yellow spine varieties. Glochids is troublesome, and I was too lazy to keep them clean and mite-free. Eventually many died through neglect and I destroyed the rest.

Stay away from Opuntia microdasys if you have a dusty place. I find them hard to keep clean and beautiful. In an urban habitat the spines will turn grey if they are not cared for properly. There are many other species and genus more worthy of your energy. (I guess you can say that I'm not a fan of Opuntias )

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