Plant Care Bunny Ears Cactus

Bunny Ears Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (168 experiences)

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

About Bunny Ears Cactus

Bunny Ears Cactus is a super 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 a fast grower with a whopping 8535 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Bunny Ears Cactus 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 microdasys
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

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

How to care for Bunny Ears Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Bunny Ears Cactus

Water needs for Bunny Ears Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Bunny Ears 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 Ears Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bunny Ears Cactus in your home

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

Bunny Ears 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 Ears Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Bunny Ears Cactus

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Bunny Ears 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!

Benefits of Growing Bunny Ears Cactus →

Common Bunny Ears Cactus Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Bunny Ears Cactus 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.

Bunny Ears Cactus Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bunny Ears Cactus 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 🏡.

Bunny Ears Cactus Light Requirements →

Bunny Ears Cactus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Bunny Ears Cactus is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


💨 Humidity

Bunny Ears Cactus 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.

Bunny Ears Cactus Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Bunny Ears Cactus 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 Bunny Ears Cactus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bunny Ears Cactus →


💩 Fertilizer

Bunny Ears Cactus 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 Bunny Ears Cactus →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Bunny Ears Cactus 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

Bunny Ears Cactus is native to the Americas.


🌸 Flowers

Bunny Ears Cactus produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Bunny Ears Cactus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Bunny Ears Cactus →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Bunny Ears Cactus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bunny Ears Cactus Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Bunny Ears Cactus can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Bunny Ears Cactus →


🧐 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.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Bunny Ears Cactus. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Bunny Ears Cactus

Bunny Ears Cactus

Bunny Ears 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 Ears Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 108
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 82
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 26
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 16
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
@dreamlettuce avatar
@@dreamlettuce
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 40,258 XP
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 7 Plants
xp 291 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 94 Plants
xp 7,462 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 15 Plants
xp 601 XP
globe Nazareth, PA
01/15/2022

spikes stuck to skin SO easily

@mossycabbages avatar
@@mossycabbages
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
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
@ella._.frd avatar
@@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 3 Plants
xp 2,974 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 1,409 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 24 Plants
xp 1,544 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
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@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
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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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