Plant Care Barbary Fig
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Barbary Fig

4.5 out of 5 (14 experiences)

Barbary Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Barbary Fig has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

Prickly Pear and Sweet Prickly Pear

Taxonomy

Opuntia ficus-indica
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Barbary Fig

Water

How often to water your Barbary Fig

Water needs for Barbary Fig
0.5 cups
every 12

Barbary Fig 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 Barbary Fig

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Barbary Fig in your home

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

Barbary Fig love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Barbary Fig does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Barbary Fig

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

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Care Summary for Barbary Fig

Barbary Fig

Barbary Fig


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Barbary Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 12
Barbary Fig has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
Barbary Fig has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Barbary Fig has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
Popsicle49 avatar
@Popsicle49
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,145 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, Florida
10/17/2021

I love Minnie. She is strong and healthy and doesn’t require a lot of care. I got her as a rescue cactus from a preserve.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Owenwist avatar
@Owenwist
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 684 XP
globe Deposit, New York
08/11/2021

Very simple and cute plant

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Darlingkyo avatar
@Darlingkyo
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 108 XP
07/21/2021

Very beautiful form of cacti, would definitely recommend.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Popsicle49 avatar
@Popsicle49
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,145 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, Florida
04/01/2021

I just started growing a little baby. Looks good so far.

Survivor Survivor
Ivylewmelon avatar
@Ivylewmelon
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 289 XP
03/19/2021

I don’t have drainage holes in here and it’s doing great. it survives in cold weather but flourishes in heat. when it wasn’t growing for a while i plucked off some of the top sections and it’s been growing since.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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