Making Prickly Pear Cactus

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  1. hminky

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  2. petepuma

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    Wow! what a great idea! With a little thought and imagination you can make just about anything...:)
  3. spitfire

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    Great how-to Harold.

    Val
  4. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Another great how to Harold. Your website is amazing with so much help on things that interest us model railroaders.
  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Harold,

    My wife would be pleased to have a couple of those in our yard. The real ones grow like crazy even when you don't water them. These would be ideal.:D:D

    Great work, I can vouch for their authenticity.:thumb:
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Very neat looking!
    Ralph
  7. Woodie

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    Prickly Pear!! AAAARRGHHHHH!!

    It is a declared noxious weed here, and you can be fined if found growing it. :eek: It was a major invasive pest in the early parts of last century.

    from ***click here***

    However, it's control was one of the most successful biological control of a pest ever done, with the introduction of the cactoblastus beetle, that went and ate it all! Now, prickly pear is nowhere to be seen.
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    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Wow Woodie, and my wife thought that the ones we had in our front yard were a problem.:eek: Even here in Arizona, they grow like weeds. You can start one by breaking off an ear and planting it. Just a bit of water at first, and a few years later you have a plant that is five foot high and ten foot across. They bloom with red pear-shaped fruit, lots of them. Every tourist shop in Arizona sells cactus jelly made from this fruit. :cool:
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    Hey Harold, considering Woodie's post, I'd keep an eye on those buggers lest they take over your layout.
  10. hminky

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    Fortunately my faux fur grass is more invasive and chokes it out :eek:

    Harold