Opuntia santarita

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Opuntia santarita

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I have grown Opuntia vulgaris and Opuntia fumifusa for a few years and found them to be perfectly hardy here, not even needing a rain shelter in very free draining soil.
I'm hoping that Opuntia violacea var. santarita is of similar hardiness ???
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It's plenty hardy enough but a lot more xeric. Be interesting to see how it does for you.
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I found it easy enough to cultivate as a container plant, but impossible to maintain the desired purple foliage in my mild conditions. They need more heat to color up than I could provide, and was just a washed out pale lavender/green color pads.
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Thanks guys. My only interest in the plant was down to the purple coloration I've seen in pictures online. If that isn't produced in your climate David, then I'm sure it won't be in mine either.
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Andy, it should colour well in your unheated greenhouse.

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I need to start praying to her.
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Chad, I’d be very amazed if one could get good winter color on this at your latitude, the sun just wouldn’t be strong enough. It seems high summer heat and a bit of winter cold is necessary to achieve vivid color here in coastal California, and my zone 10a climate provides neither.
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Thanks David, I hadn't considered light intensity.

Just shows I shouldn't comment on 'spikeies'; I'm out of my depth!

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Its not too bad over this side of the archipelago. Not Arizona mauve but a decent tint.
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Image

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This is the intensity of purple I get in North Wales.
Would you be happy with this color?
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