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I am looking for Prickly Pear paddles. Any Missoula or other MT permies who can help me out? Thanks!
 
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I came up with nothing on a Google search. Do you mean prickly pear pads?
 
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Oh, probably. Yes. I read an article where they were referred to as "paddles" so I just accepted it without doing more research. Luckily I met a woman who had them on her property, and now I have them on mine!
 
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Prickly pear also known as "paddle cactus" can grow pretty much anywhere provided you get the right variety. They ship well so if you can't find a local supplier do a search online for "frost hardy", frost resistant" or similar terms and you'll find quite a few varieties of opuntia that are hardy in colder zones.

I had a friend in Ohio that grew one in his yard for almost 20 years in an area that averages 100"+ of snow a year but I don't recall what kind it was. Damn thing was almost 10 foot tall and at least 15 foot wide!

I was going to mention that this didn't belong in the gear section, until duh...that's where I noticed it!

Okay nevermind! I just saw you got some. So much for my short sighted reading span!
 
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I was going to mention that this didn't belong in the gear section, until duh...that's where I noticed it!



good catch! You're right, it doesn't belong there...just early on, the word 'paddles' sounded like some kind of tool to use around prickly pear to me and I added it to that forum, don't have the power to remove though so maybe a moderator could remove from 'gear'?
 
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Thanks Robbie for your thoughtful reply! I'm not sure why this appeared under "gear". I meant to post it under Missoula (and that's what I see in the breadcrumbs)--cause that's where I live and I'm looking for locally adapted plants of course. I did find some locally but would love some more. I will search online as you suggested!
 
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