Plant Care Abrojo


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Abrojo has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Abrojo has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear, Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear, Engelmann's pricklypear, Chenille pricklypear, Texas pricklypear, Cactus-apple, Cow's tongue cactus, Cow tongue prickly pear, Desert prickly pear, Discus prickly pear, Engelmann's prickly pear, Texas prickly pear, Nopal, Joconostle, Vela de coyote and Hairy Roger Cactus


Opuntia engelmannii

How to care for Abrojo

💦 Water

How often to water your Abrojo

Water needs for Abrojo
0.5 cups
every 12

Abrojo needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Abrojo

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Abrojo: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Abrojo love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Abrojo does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Abrojo in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Abrojo

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Abrojo: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Abrojo after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Abrojo thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Abrojo requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear Light Requirements →

Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

Abrojo prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Abrojo is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear →

When and How to Successfully Repot Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear →

💩 Fertilizer

Abrojo grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Abrojo to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Abrojo is native to the Americas.

🌸 Flowers

Abrojo produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Abrojo grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Few-Spined Marble-Seeded Prickly Pear →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Abrojo



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Abrojo has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Abrojo has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Abrojo has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Terry avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 103 XP
globe San Diego, CA

Survive anything even an animal ate part of it but still here!!

Survivor Survivor
@Nbollinger17 avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 17 XP

Honestly I got this from a friend and witching a month I had so many new chutes growing up. I was amazed. So easy to take care of. It gets mostly medium indirect light, it sits on a shelf in my room and I was surprised at how fast it started new growth.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@Kiersten avatar
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 37,156 XP
globe New Orleans, LA

I found this cactus pad in the middle of a parking lot about a year ago and it’s now an established part of the plant fam!

They need loads of light and prefer to stay dry for a while but are super easy to propagate and are great for creating the feeling of a desert oasis in our swampy environment!

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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