Cochineal…What is it & What does it do to prickly pear cactus?

Cochineal & Prickly Pear Cactus

Cochineal & Prickly Pear Cactus

Have you heard of cochineal?  Do you know what it is?  It is a scale that prickly pear cactus get.  It looks like white fluff and can cover a small amount or a large area on a prickly pear pad.  It doesn’t hurt the cactus.  But, viagra buy  it can be unsightly.  The native Indians used it as a red dye.  If you rub it between your fingers, viagra generic you will see that it turns red.

You can get rid of most of it by spraying your cactus pads with a strong spray of water from a garden hose.  Other than that, there’s not much you can do about it.

Watch our short video to find out more about it.

Deborah Munoz-Chcaon, Sonoran Oasis Landscaping

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