Plant Care Bunny Ear Cactus

Bunny Ear Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (171 experiences)

Bunny Ear Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Bunny Ear Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Bunny Ears Cactus, Bunny Ears Cactus, Angel's-wings, Prickly Pear Cactus, Polka-dot Cactus and Golden Angel Wings

Taxonomy

Opuntia microdasys
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Bunny Ear Cactus

Water

How often to water your Bunny Ear Cactus

Water needs for Bunny Ear Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Bunny Ear Cactus 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 Bunny Ear Cactus

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 Bunny Ears Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bunny Ear Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bunny Ear Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Bunny Ear Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bunny Ear Cactus in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Bunny Ear Cactus

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Bunny Ear Cactus 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 Bunny Ear Cactus

Bunny Ear Cactus

Bunny Ear Cactus


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

Bunny Ear Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 111
Bunny Ear Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 82
Bunny Ear Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 26
Bunny Ear Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 16
Bunny Ear Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Bunny Ear Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Bunny Ear Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Kscape avatar
@Kscape
leaf-1 60 Plants
xp 23,242 XP
globe Fort Hood, TX
01/31/2022

This plant is an amazing succulent to add to your collection. I got it from a nursery and the growth it has made throughout a year has been absolutely amazing and mermerizing to look at. The greens and pinks that show up when the plant is getting plenty of sunlight makes it enough to be obsessed with this Beauty.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Tactfulrose avatar
@Tactfulrose
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 71 XP
globe Bedford, VA
01/25/2022

It’s needles are hard to get our of your hands or to see

Ales avatar
@Ales
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 2,075 XP
globe New York
01/19/2022

It’s so easy and so darn cute. I have mine under a grow light and it has popped out a number of little puppies in just over a month. 💗

Brooke07 avatar
@Brooke07
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 526 XP
globe Nazareth, PA
01/15/2022

spikes stuck to skin SO easily

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@Mossycabbages
leaf-1 102 Plants
xp 3,045 XP
globe American Fork, UT
12/28/2021

This cactus grows crazy fast! It grows very well with only grow lights and is easy to prop. Be super careful reporting though as the spikes are small and hard to get out

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Ella._.frd
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 208 XP
10/30/2021

cute nd stuff but if it brushes ur arm then it’s quite painful

Survivor Survivor
Laura avatar
@Laura
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 33 XP
globe Halifax, Nova Scotia
10/16/2021

Wear gloves when transplanting otherwise you’ll have lots of little spikes in your fingers

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Ojoj65 avatar
@Ojoj65
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 384 XP
globe Cincinnati, OH
10/12/2021

Likes to dry out between watering.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Bfeipel avatar
@Bfeipel
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 2,940 XP
globe New Haven, IN
10/05/2021

Don’t touch!!! your hands will thank me!!! #prickleking

Helenamarie avatar
@Helenamarie
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 163 XP
09/14/2021

Awesome!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Ella_naats_2134 avatar
@Ella_naats_2134
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 516 XP
globe Austin, TX
09/13/2021

Pook was easy to take care of. Grows big!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Hopedamaren avatar
@Hopedamaren
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 1,492 XP
globe Guelph, Ontario
09/03/2021

I would probably love this plant more if it wasn’t the worst for spikes 😅😪

Fast grower Fast grower
Knxggles avatar
@Knxggles
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,339 XP
globe Retford, England
08/31/2021

The spikes suck. They just.. they suck so much. A gust of wind blew it over in my window weeks ago and I’m still finding spikes.

Meg avatar
@Meg
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Pakenham, England
08/30/2021

very good boy 👍

Survivor Survivor
Madie_jones avatar
@Madie_jones
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,278 XP
globe Dallas, TX
08/27/2021

This plant has grown more than any of my other plants!!! Every time I water him, I’m guaranteed a new sprout! It’s so exciting to see where they are going to pop up next!

Fast grower Fast grower
Silvia avatar
@Silvia
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,724 XP
globe Albuquerque, NM
08/24/2021

Cactus easy to grow with minimal care

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Not.tilly avatar
@Not.tilly
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 337 XP
08/16/2021

beautiful plant so cute and unique

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Secretaryofsucculents avatar
@Secretaryofsucculents
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 321 XP
08/07/2021

Bunny Ears are adorable, and long lasting.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Addy avatar
@Addy
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Great Falls, MT
08/04/2021

Very pretty, for sure a look only plant though.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Hattieholmes avatar
@Hattieholmes
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 290 XP
07/30/2021

Doesn’t need much watering and grows quickly when in the right season

Fast grower Fast grower

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