I am thrilled with my Prickly Pear! It's the only true cactus (that I know of) that is hardy in zone 6! Amazing- desert plant in the damp pine woods. Thank you for letting me know that it's supposed to fall over- I though Iwas mistreating it!
DGer Chantell gave me 3 pads of Prickly Pear, and they've taken off, gowing like crazy. One word of caution: when someone ships you a box of Prickly Pear pads, LOOK IN THE BOX BEFORE PUTTING YOUR HAND INSIDE. Um, hot soapy water, tweezers, tape, glue... all are more difficult to use with both hands covered in spines! Yow!!!