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  1. #1
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    Oct 2007
    [align=left]This creature just appeared in my garden this summer.* After trying to move it, and spending the next hour removing the spines from my fingers, I decided it could stay.* I'm now quite fond of it and would like to protect it somewhat if possible from a great lakes winter.* Any ideas what it is and how I could protect it over winter?* Thanks, Bill Streeter[/align]

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Maryland zone 7
    Hi Bill,

    You have a prickly pear cactus.* To transplant you should fold several layers of newspaper and wrap the plant with it.* You can also break off some of the pads and transplant them where you want them.* You can also use tongs, but be careful not to puncture the pads.

    I would suggest you edit your post and remove your e-mail addy from public view.* That's how you get spam and most folks that answer questions on public forums don't write to private e-mail addys.* You can receive instant e-mail notification of a reply when you make a post.* If you didn't do that you can click on 'Watch Topic' at the bottom of the post.


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