I rarely eat nopales here in Florida because you can only find them at Mexican groceries and there are not many near my home. Well, the other day I offered to spay a female cat that a family was feeding. When I returned the cat to them, I asked them if the plant they had in the front was a nopal that you could eat. The mom said yes so I asked her if I could have some pads to cook. She gave me a dozen and I happily cooked half of them. Then I started thinking how great it would be if I could have a plant in my garden and I could just go and cut some whenever I wanted to. I researched how to grow them and the info on the net said it was easy, just to let them form a dry "scab" on the place where they had been cut from the plant and after a week, put them in some sandy soil. They said not to overwater them and to place them upright. I did it and today I saw that they had roots!!!. I planted two in the garden and I am keeping one in a pot just in case something happen to the other ones.
Usually nopales have a lot of thorns but this variety had only small ones. I do use gloves when handling this ones because I do not want to end up with little thorns in my hands.
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