Plant Care Brittle Prickly Pear

Brittle Prickly Pear

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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 347 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.

Taxonomy

Opuntia fragilis
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

Little Prickly Pear

How to care for Brittle Prickly Pear

💦 Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Brittle Prickly Pear 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.

Brittle Prickly Pear Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Brittle Prickly Pear 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 🏡.

Brittle Prickly Pear Light Requirements →

Brittle 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.

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💨 Humidity

Brittle Prickly Pear 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.

Brittle Prickly Pear Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Brittle Prickly Pear 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 Brittle Prickly Pear →

When and How to Successfully Repot Brittle Prickly Pear →


💩 Fertilizer

Brittle Prickly Pear 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Brittle Prickly Pear →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Brittle Prickly Pear 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

Brittle Prickly Pear is native to the Americas.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Brittle Prickly Pear grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Brittle Prickly Pear →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Brittle Prickly Pear can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Brittle Prickly Pear Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Brittle Prickly Pear

Brittle Prickly Pear

Brittle Prickly Pear


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

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04/30/2021

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

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