Opuntia Ficus indica

Name: Opuntia Ficus indica
Family: Cactaceae
Country of origin: Mexico
Pot Diameter: 15 cm
Basin base height: 25 cm
History and curiosity: Its fruit is considered by many as an elixir of youth, especially for the skin, thanks to the antioxidant properties it possesses.

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Considered one of the most typical plants in the Mediterranean regions of Italy, The Fico d'India belongs to the genus Opuntia and to the cactacee family. It is said to have been imported into Europe by Christopher Columbus explorers.
It is a "rustic" type of fat, with the appearance immediately recognizable thanks to its large blades, which are nothing more than modified stems of flattened and oval shape. They are covered with a wax cuticle that acts as a barrier against predators.
India's fig tree produces beautiful yellow flowers, while the fruits are actually very oval, highly juicy berries.
Previously it was used as a remedy against scurvy.
In no other part of the Mediterranean this plant has spread to Sicily, Sardinia and Malta, so much so as to be a characteristic feature of the landscape (where it also reaches 3-4 meters in height), it is also often represented in literature and local iconography.

Being a typical plant in the Mexican and Italian Mediterranean regions, it grows well in the sun, better in the south. In winter they can withstand temperatures up to 0 ° C.
Watering must be done once a month in the winter, and once a week during the summer, whenever the soil is dry. They do not tolerate water stagnation.
It should be fertilized every 3-4 weeks from the spring and until the end of the summer with liquid fertilizer diluted in irrigation water.
It requires light soils, preferably sandy.

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Diametro15 cm
CuriositàIl suo frutto viene da molti considerato un elisir di giovinezza, soprattutto per la cute, grazie alle proprietà antiossidanti che possiede.
Altezza25 cm

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