Plant Care Bunny Ears Cactus

Bunny Ears Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (159 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 2332 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Bunny Ears Cactus likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Bunny Ears Cactus belongs to the opuntia genus, and is native to Mexico.

Taxonomy

Opuntia microdasys
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

angel's-wings, prickly pear cactus, bunny cactus, bunny ears cactus, polka-dot cactus, bunny ear 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 located in San Jose, California.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Bunny Ears Cactus in San Jose, California

San Jose, California

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Growing Bunny Ears Cactus in San Jose right now

Light needs for plant Bunny Ears Cactus in San Jose, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 6th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Jose is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determin…

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Light needs for plant Bunny Ears Cactus in San Jose, California

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 22.4% ☀️

December 6th, 2021

San Jose is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Jose is expected to decrease by 22.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.5 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Bunny Ears Cactus in San Jose, California

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, San Jose is getting an average of 9.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.4 total hours of dayl…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Jose, California ⛅.

Bunny Ears Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

When to repot Bunny Ears Cactus

Nutrient needs for plant Bunny Ears Cactus in San Jose, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 6th, 2021

The growing potential in San Jose is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repo…

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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!


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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 your location in San Jose, California, 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 102
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 74
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 24
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 16
Bunny Ears Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 15
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
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Ojoj65 avatar
@Ojoj65
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 348 XP
globe Cincinnati, Ohio
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 61 Plants
xp 1,932 XP
globe New Haven, Indiana
10/05/2021

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

Helenamarie avatar
@Helenamarie
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 158 XP
09/14/2021

Awesome!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
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@Ella_naats_2134
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 516 XP
globe Austin, Texas
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 26 Plants
xp 798 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 18 Plants
xp 806 XP
globe Dallas, Texas
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, New Mexico
08/24/2021

Cactus easy to grow with minimal care

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Tilly avatar
@Tilly
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 116 XP
globe Milton Keynes, England
08/16/2021

beautiful plant so cute and unique

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Tuliptalons avatar
@Tuliptalons
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 494 XP
globe Kenmore, New York
08/07/2021

a cactus so VERY easy to take care of, i’ve noticed it reaches toward the sun with its little arms :) so i rotate every few days when i notice it’s getting extreme. water like once a month

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@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, Montana
08/04/2021

Very pretty, for sure a look only plant though.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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
Aur0ra avatar
@Aur0ra
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 1,298 XP
07/27/2021

another one that got knocked off my windowsill by my dog, she’s a fighter though. not much growth since having her (~7 years)

Survivor Survivor
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@Reillyfernandes
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 1,025 XP
globe Cambridge, Ontario
07/26/2021

So cute, and doesn’t hurt and amazing plant :)

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@Honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 2,712 XP
globe Kenosha, Wisconsin
07/26/2021

I love everything about this plant. Just be careful of the spines they’re very difficult to get out of the skin

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Staceakin avatar
@Staceakin
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 713 XP
globe Bristol, England
07/18/2021

Cute looking cactus

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor

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