Plant Care Old Man Opuntia

Old Man Opuntia

Also known as

Opuntia vestita, Cotton Pole and Cotton Coral


Austrocylindropuntia vestita

How to care for Old Man Opuntia


How often to water your Old Man Opuntia

Water needs for Old Man Opuntia
0.5 cups
every 12

Old Man Opuntia 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 Old Man Opuntia

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Old Man Opuntia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Old Man Opuntia: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Old Man Opuntia love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Old Man Opuntia does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Old Man Opuntia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Old Man Opuntia: 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 Old Man Opuntia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Old Man Opuntia

Old Man Opuntia

Old Man Opuntia

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.

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