Plant Care Drooping Prickly Pear
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Drooping Prickly Pear

4.5 out of 5 (28 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

Taxonomy

Opuntia monacantha
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

What other plant parents say

Drooping Prickly Pear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 20
Drooping Prickly Pear has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 15
Drooping Prickly Pear has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Drooping Prickly Pear has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 3
Drooping Prickly Pear has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Drooping Prickly Pear has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
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@Lemons84
Opelika, Alabama
Rating of the plant Drooping Prickly Pear named Paddy whack by Lemons84 on Greg, the plant care app
05/16/2021

These little buggers propagated themselves after their original pot got knocked over and broken, and the “mother plant” was shredded. I scooped all the soil into another pot and shelved it for anothe…

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@Kirbyfanacc
Basingstoke, England
Rating of the plant Drooping Prickly Pear named sonic by Kirbyfanacc on Greg, the plant care app
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 befo…

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@Sharon
Austin, Texas
Rating of the plant Drooping Prickly Pear named Sedona by Sharon on Greg, the plant care app
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 …

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Jdubs avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Drooping Prickly Pear named Spike by Jdubs on Greg, the plant care app
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 f…

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Swag avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Drooping Prickly Pear named Walter by Swag on Greg, the plant care app
05/19/2021

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

Alexiss710 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Drooping Prickly Pear named Lil mate by Alexiss710 on Greg, the plant care app
06/19/2021

Super great cactus needs Lil water grows pretty fast

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Ottawa, Ontario
Rating of the plant Drooping Prickly Pear named Kuzko by Sunflower_sam on Greg, the plant care app
05/25/2021

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

How to care for Drooping Prickly Pear

Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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

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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 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Drooping Prickly Pear in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

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.

Care Summary for Drooping Prickly Pear

Drooping Prickly Pear

Drooping 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.

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