Plant Care Cochineal Prickly Pear

Cochineal Prickly Pear

4.6 out of 5 (35 experiences)

Cochineal Prickly Pear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Cochineal Prickly Pear has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Drooping Prickly Pear, Drooping Prickly Pear, Drooping Tree Pear and Barbary Fig

Taxonomy

Opuntia monacantha
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Cochineal Prickly Pear

Water

How often to water your Cochineal Prickly Pear

Water needs for Cochineal Prickly Pear
0.5 cups
every 12

Cochineal 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 Cochineal Prickly Pear

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Drooping Prickly Pear in your home

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

Cochineal 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.

Cochineal Prickly Pear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Cochineal Prickly Pear

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Cochineal Prickly Pear 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 Cochineal Prickly Pear

Cochineal Prickly Pear

Cochineal 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

Cochineal Prickly Pear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 24
Cochineal Prickly Pear has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 20
Cochineal Prickly Pear has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Cochineal Prickly Pear has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Cochineal Prickly Pear has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Emelia.maee avatar
@Emelia.maee
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 274 XP
globe Herriman, UT
02/08/2022

Super fun and totally easy to take care of :) if youre lazy like me youll love it!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Izlevi avatar
@Izlevi
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 735 XP
12/25/2021

incredibly cute plant and super easy to look after. haven’t had any problems with it and would be the best houseplant for a starter.

Survivor Survivor
Sirliquorice avatar
@Sirliquorice
leaf-1 137 Plants
xp 9,769 XP
12/20/2021

Grows fast while still fitting in a small place and doesn’t require a lot of direct sunlight or water. It thrives on just the led light in my ceiling fan that lights the room and the other led light for the room. Doesn’t need s specific grow light trained on it so far and it’s growing fast. Has a 3 new paddles with more coming and it only took a short period of time it seems

Fast grower Fast grower
Ennoit avatar
@Ennoit
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 36 XP
12/07/2021

Be very very careful when re-potting because the pricks are very long and sharp and will hurt like a splinter. Absolutely loves the sun, and bottom watering seems to work best for me.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kirbyfanacc avatar
@Kirbyfanacc
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 529 XP
globe Basingstoke, England
07/29/2021

god knows how long I have had this, hardly ever remember to water it but last summer it did start to bloom a little, which was genuinely lovely to see but sadly didn’t get to see the whole bloom before the cold weather came

Survivor Survivor
Freshlycutweeds avatar
@Freshlycutweeds
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 227 XP
globe Aurora, IN
07/21/2021

i loveeeee my drooping prickly pear

Survivor Survivor
Elsabetts avatar
@Elsabetts
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 1,112 XP
07/16/2021

Very easy to look after

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Alexiss710 avatar
@Alexiss710
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 258 XP
06/19/2021

Super great cactus needs Lil water grows pretty fast

Survivor Survivor
Jdubs avatar
@Jdubs
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,994 XP
06/17/2021

This little guy is fun to own. If you water it a lot, it will grow fast and you can easily take a piece off. I've never had one die on me (the propagated piece or the original). I've owned this one for about 13 years!

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Sharonkoernig avatar
@Sharonkoernig
leaf-1 67 Plants
xp 3,157 XP
globe Austin, TX
06/07/2021

Love my variegated drooping prickly pear! The look is striking. It doesn’t need a lot of water and can take bright strong direct Texas sun, which brings lots of growth during spring and summer. It’s dormant during winter.

Survivor Survivor
Sunflower_sam avatar
@Sunflower_sam
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 2,545 XP
globe Ottawa, Ontario
05/25/2021

He’s a good little man and I honestly love him.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Swag avatar
@Swag
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 231 XP
05/19/2021

They’re swag and you can forget about them and they won’t perish.

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