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Don't worry about the $ just send me your address. Tuff as anything these things. Survive anything including Oz post.
Prickly Pear are illegal to grow here in Qld except one variety: Opuntia ficus-indica.The spineless is an Indica variation.
Before PPs became flora non grata in Queensland the plant breeder Luther Burbank developed a spineless variety. It's a great story.
However, mine aren't completely spineless. The fruits (they're useless for consumption) carry hairy spines and the old core trunks exhibit a few long spines. But the paddles usually have soft J shaped tuffs for where the savage spine should be.
When harvested young, the paddles don't have to be scraped nor pre-boiled like they are so often in Mexico.
The trick is also to keep the plant short so that it sends up many fresh paddles rather than adopting a tree like-- trunk and branches -- stance.
If you slice across a large paddle it will have babies...It's a Triffid plant for sure.
There is also interesting nutritional research about them too.
Personally I think they are a wonderful vegetable, appreciated-- for taste, texture and versatility -- by very few people outside of Mexico.
Dave is the spineless prickly pear plant readily available. Been looking but I cant find any for sale. Could I buy a bit off you? Or could trade some small flightless birds.
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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion. It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)
GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.
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