Prickly Pear Cactus - MedioOpuntia aurea, Opuntia microdasys
[ Pot Size: 6'' | Height: 10'' - 14'' ]
Plants in the Opuntia genus have rounded succulent pads covered in aureoles with protruding spines or barbed bristles called glochids. Also called Prickly Pears, Opuntias produce colorful flowers that eventually produce colorful fruit, some of which are edible to humans.
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- Geographic Origin: The Americas
- Features: Low Maintenance
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Great For: Bright Sunlight
Plant Care Guide
As with most cacti, Opuntias grow best in full sun or partial shade.
Opuntias are very drought-tolerant and require the soil to completely dry out between waterings.
Level of Care
Easy! Just place in bright sunlight and don't overwater.
Opuntias remove toxins that can build up in indoor spaces. A general rule of thumb is 1 medium houseplant per 100 square feet of space effectively cleans the air we breathe.
Feed with a mild cactus fertilizer about once a month during the growing season. Do not fertilize in winter.
Warm temperatures are best during the growing season but will tolerate brief periods of cold. Generally, keep plants above 45°F in the winter.
Use a well-draining cactus/palm potting mix.
Pruning & Propagation
Prune damaged or deformed growth in the spring, spraying open wounds with fungicide. To propagate, carefully separate pads from parent plant and allow to dry for at least 24 hours or until callous forms on the end. Then, repot.
Sorry! While Opuntias are non-toxic if consumed, some have spines or barbed bristles that can still cause harm to pets.