I finally have nopales! For the longest time nothing happened with the nopal pads that I planted. I knew they had roots because they were attached to the soil but nothing was growing. Then in May, new pads started to grow. I was not sure if I was supposed to cut some or if I needed to let it grow. I have cut only a couple of pads and I had not cut anything from the plant that is on the ground. I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to eat a fresh, free nopal from my garden.