They thrive in dry, well-drained soils in full sun.
Spineless prickly pears lack the long sharp spines of other varieties but can still stick you with its tiny glochids. Glochids appear as white dots that seem evenly spaced on the prickly pear pads and fruits.
These glochids are tiny, splinter size slivers that can be quite irritating. So use gloves and or barbeque tongs when handling. Alternatively, grasp the pads between glochids when handling.
Spineless prickly pears flower in late spring or early summer. Flower color changes from yellow
to a pink-salmon.
Edible fruits, also called tunas, turn red-purple when mature and are used fresh or to make jelly.
Prickly pears prefer well-drained soils. Water once every 7-10 days during the summer if there has been no rain. Allow the soil to dry between watering as prickly pears do not like wet feet and will get root rot and die. Do not water prickly pears during the winter months.
It is normal during winter months for Spineless prickly pear to wilt (the pads will droop). When warmer temperatures resume in spring the pads will again stand erect. Our Spineless prickly pear plants grown in Los Lunas, New Mexico survived -20 degree winter temperatures without damage.
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Photos & Narrative By:Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist