Plant Care Barbary Fig

Barbary Fig

Reviewed by: | Last Updated: 09/08/2022

4.6 out of 5 (18 experiences)

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

About Barbary Fig

Barbary Fig is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and easy to propagate with a whopping 581 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Barbary Fig likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Opuntia ficus-indica

Also known as

Prickly Pear and Sweet Prickly Pear

How to care for Barbary Fig


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

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

Barbary Fig is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Barbary Fig

Barbary Fig

Barbary Fig

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

Barbary Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 14
Barbary Fig has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 8
Barbary Fig has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Sirliquorice avatar
leaf-1 137 Plants
xp 9,789 XP

It’s doubled in size in 3 months and it feels like I never need to water it.

Fast grower Fast grower
Popsicle49 avatar
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 3,162 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, FL

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
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 684 XP
globe Deposit, NY

Very simple and cute plant

Survivor Survivor
Darlingkyo avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 108 XP

Very beautiful form of cacti, would definitely recommend.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Popsicle49 avatar
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 3,162 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, FL

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

Survivor Survivor
Ivylewmelon avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 289 XP

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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