Plant Care Drooping Prickly Pear

Drooping Prickly Pear

4.6 out of 5 (35 experiences)

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

Also known as

Drooping Tree Pear, Cochineal Prickly Pear and Barbary Fig


Opuntia monacantha

How to care for Drooping Prickly Pear


How often to water your Drooping Prickly Pear

Water needs for Drooping Prickly Pear
0.5 cups
every 12

Drooping 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 Drooping Prickly Pear

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Drooping Prickly Pear in your home

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

Drooping 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.

Drooping Prickly Pear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Drooping Prickly Pear

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

Difficulty Level

Drooping 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 Drooping Prickly Pear

Drooping Prickly Pear

Drooping Prickly Pear

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


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

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

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
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 735 XP

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
leaf-1 137 Plants
xp 9,759 XP

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
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 36 XP

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
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 529 XP
globe Basingstoke, England

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 227 XP
globe Aurora, IN

i loveeeee my drooping prickly pear

Survivor Survivor
Elsabetts avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 1,112 XP

Very easy to look after

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Alexiss710 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 258 XP

Super great cactus needs Lil water grows pretty fast

Survivor Survivor
Jdubs avatar
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,994 XP

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
leaf-1 67 Plants
xp 3,157 XP
globe Austin, TX

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
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 2,545 XP
globe Ottawa, Ontario

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 231 XP

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

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