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Cactus pads

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by stojanovski92113, Sep 22, 2014.

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  1. stojanovski92113

    stojanovski92113 Well-Known Member Tortoise Club

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    Hi everyone, I ordered 4lbs of cactus pads online for the first time & wondering how about to keep them fresh for as long as possible. I did read several different ways to do so, but was wondering what works best for you guys. I just don't want mine to go to waste. Right now I have them in my basement laying flat on the counter and its pretty cool down there. Thanks!!
    Shannon
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    I just leave mine on a dry shelf. No problems.
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    Really, they don't rot or need to be refrigerated?
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    Why don't you just plant them? And feed the new growth as it comes in?


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    Yeah...actually I want to do that as well. I just know nothing about this plant. So I'm doing some research now. Thanks guys!
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    In California it's easy to grow them. Just throw them in the ground half way and sideways. Then watch them grow. Might be different depending on your climate.


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    Ok great, thanks! I'm from MI. So I'll put them in a big pot and keep them in the tortoises room so they stay warm.
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    Mine haven't. Cool dark basement seems to do the trick.
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    Thanks for your info :)
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    1 big flower pot. 2 bag of garden soil..............3 jam a cactus pad into the garden soil and water it. It's easier to grow it than to kill it.
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    Thanks :)
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    I wouldn't water until a month about planting it, then I'd water monthly (or 2 times a month in very hot weather)... Watering straight away can cause them to rot :(
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    Thank you!! I know nothing about gardening & flowers!! Except I do well with my hibiscus plants! Thanks again for the tips!!
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    Good morning. Well here it is this is a pad i found while taking a walk . Its about a month old. i grow hundreds of plants a year. This is the easiest. we have these growing wild everywere. If needed I can send you some. Lol

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    Ohh wow thanks!!! So I guess these plants are super easy to grow and take care of!! Thanks again :)
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    Do places like Milaegers or anything sell these or do I need to buy from Tortoise Supply, etc? I want to start my own.
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    I bought mine from tortoise supply. And...I have to say they have good deals on some of their stuff!!! I paid $12 for a dry tortoise food product at the pet stores when tortoise supply was only $5.95! I'm not sure about mazuri prices since I'm new to buying it buy it seemed fair.
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