Plant Care Joconostle


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Joconostle has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Joconostle has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Few-spined marble-seeded prickly-pear, Few-spined marble-seeded prickly-pear, Engelmann's pricklypear, Chenille pricklypear, Texas pricklypear, Cactus-apple, Cow's tongue cactus, Cow tongue prickly pear, Desert prickly pear, Discus prickly pear, Engelmann's prickly pear, Texas prickly pear, Nopal, Abrojo, Vela de coyote and Hairy Roger Cactus


Opuntia engelmannii

How to care for Joconostle


How often to water your Joconostle

Water needs for Joconostle
0.5 cups
every 12

Joconostle 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 Joconostle

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Few-spined marble-seeded prickly-pear in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Joconostle: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Joconostle love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Joconostle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Joconostle

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

Care Summary for Joconostle



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

Joconostle has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Joconostle has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Joconostle has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Nbollinger17 avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 17 XP

Honestly I got this from a friend and witching a month I had so many new chutes growing up. I was amazed. So easy to take care of. It gets mostly medium indirect light, it sits on a shelf in my room and I was surprised at how fast it started new growth.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Kiersten avatar
leaf-1 114 Plants
xp 5,378 XP
globe New Orleans, Louisiana

I found this cactus pad in the middle of a parking lot about a year ago and it’s now an established part of the plant fam!

They need loads of light and prefer to stay dry for a while but are super easy to propagate and are great for creating the feeling of a desert oasis in our swampy environment!

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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