Yes indeed, it is one hellofa plant. If you look at about the 6ft mark, you'll notice some cable and turnbuckles they've used for bracing. Also, that metal stake in the ground beside the trunk is also used for bracing.
Now you can understand what I mean in regards to its "tree-like" growth habit which, besides its size, caught my attention.
I have no idea about the regulations of growing Cactus here. I live in the state of Victoria, which is in the south eastern corner of Aus.
I do however know that prickly pears are delicious, have you ever tried them?
Interesting that they decided to reinforce it with cable. I wonder if that has helped promote its tall growth habit. Either way, cool plant!
I've had nopales a few times. I like them fire roasted best. I have a prickly pear growing in the front yard that I've been meaning to take some pics of. I grabbed some pads from a county forest up in Wisconsin (my home state) and stuck them in the ground as kind of an experiment. They really took off and grow and bloom like mad each year. I might try to pick a few pads for eating this spring.
I positively IDed them last summer just out of curiosity. I forget the name right now, but I'll look it up before I post pics.
I did, however remember to take some pics of my trichos after mowing the lawn today, so I got that going for me. Which is nice.
Regrowth that started last year, after I pruned before that season. The bright green tissue in the midrib area is new growth from this season. It hasn't grown that bluish, glaucous cuticle yet.
Pups on ^ these cacti.
Same deal as pic 1. 1 year old branch, with new growth in midrib.
Group shot. I cut about 30lbs of top-heavy growth off of them a while back. Hopefully that stubby one second from the right will get the hint and finally send out some pups instead of top growth.
If anybody's interested in growing these species, let me know. I'll give you a chunk and some directions on how to grow them if you pay shipping. Right now, I have T. macrogonus and T. pachanoi pieces cut and callusing. If you've got your heart set on growing the smaller one (T. bridgesii), I can do that but it will take a couple of weeks to allow it to callus before I'll ship.
edit: Actually, some of my cuttings will have to be divided before I can ship them. So more will need to callus. I do have several that are ready to go, though.
Edited by Hybrid Mode 01, 06 May 2016 - 02:36 PM.