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Peoria, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 8, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #9299432

I had to laugh when reading this article because it reads just like I would have written it myself! We have many, many similar plants and I have the same issues you do. This is very informative and your methods are the same I use. Two of my worst injuries pruning came from the razor sharp edges of the pony tail palm leaves and the tiny, almost invisible, airborne thorns from the bunny-ear type opuntia that land all over the skin when handling.

Thanks for all of the great info. By the way those rubber bristle gloves you use to move cactus are rubber wash gloves for livestock. They are used to clean cattle and sheep. They are available online for less than ten dollars if folks google cattle brushes, rubber curry combs or cattle grooming gloves. They can easily make the difference between having a good day and a very bad one!

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Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

October 8, 2012
2:07 PM

Post #9299817

are you serious? I never thought to look there! I will go check it out!

I just googled rubber wash gloves for livestock and sure enough, there was a photo of by cactus mitts! Thanks.

This message was edited Oct 10, 2012 5:24 PM
Tucson, AZ

October 9, 2012
11:58 PM

Post #9301231

Thanks, Sheizona! I was wondering what they were called. I often lasso barrel cacti with a couple of loops of coax cable to move them - another indispensible tool for the desert gardener.

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