cl.lockwood Posts: 19
Hi- I have this Opuntia (Microdasys?) that (despite trying several locations) isn't getting enough light in the house. The new growth it's been putting out keeps being thin and stretched. So, I'm wondering if I should try it outside??? My terrace garden (pic inc.) gets baking hot and lots of light. I keep reading conflicting things about having Opuntias outside, so I'm hoping someone might be able to set things straight for me. Is this variety hardy enough to stand life outside? I don't especially like to take plants in and out of the house because of the risk of bringing pests inside. I gather the main challenge is to prevent exposure to too much wet - esp. in winter, obvs. If this can be achieved, would this move be worth trying? (I managed to overwinter my tender plants and rot-prone succulent plants in that arch-shaped hood against the fence and that could offer shelter.) Or, are they just too vulnerable to rot? If it is worth trying, would it be advisable to re-pot in terracotta? Thanks!
It is planted in terracotta with a gritty compost.Seems to be doing very well right now and I think there are flower buds on it!