Plant Care Chenille Pricklypear

Chenille Pricklypear

About Chenille Pricklypear

Chenille Pricklypear is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Chenille Pricklypear likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Opuntia aciculata

Also known as

Old Man's Whiskers, Cowboy Red Whiskers and Golden Glochid Cactus

How to care for Chenille Pricklypear


How often to water your Chenille Pricklypear

Water needs for Chenille Pricklypear
0.5 cups
every 12

Chenille Pricklypear 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 Chenille Pricklypear

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Chenille Pricklypear in your home

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

Chenille Pricklypear love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Chenille Pricklypear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Chenille Pricklypear

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

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Care Summary for Chenille Pricklypear

Chenille Pricklypear

Chenille Pricklypear

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.

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