Plant Care Brittle Prickly Pear

Brittle Prickly Pear

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Brittle Prickly Pear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Brittle Prickly Pear

Brittle Prickly Pear is a popular houseplant 🌿 that 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 with a whopping 257 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

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


Opuntia fragilis

Also known as

Little Prickly Pear

How to care for Brittle Prickly Pear


How often to water your Brittle Prickly Pear

Water needs for Brittle Prickly Pear
0.5 cups
every 12

Brittle Prickly Pear 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 Brittle Prickly Pear

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Brittle Prickly Pear in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Brittle Prickly Pear: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Brittle Prickly Pear love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Brittle Prickly Pear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Brittle Prickly Pear

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

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Care Summary for Brittle Prickly Pear

Brittle Prickly Pear

Brittle Prickly Pear

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

Brittle Prickly Pear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
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leaf-1 35 Plants
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globe South San Francisco, CA

Very reliable plant. She doesn’t need constant watering since she’s a succulent!

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