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 located in Orlando, Florida.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Chenille Pricklypear in Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

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Growing Chenille Pricklypear in Orlando right now

Light needs for plant Chenille Pricklypear in Orlando, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

February 6th, 2023

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Orlando is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Chenille Pricklypear in Orlando, Florida

Sunlight will increase by 26% ☀️

February 6th, 2023

Orlando is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Orlando is expected to increase by 26% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 13.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Chenille Pricklypear in Orlando, Florida

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

February 5th, 2023

This month, Orlando is getting an average of 7.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 7.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.1 total hours of dayl…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Orlando, Florida ⛅.

Chenille Pricklypear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

When to repot Chenille Pricklypear

Nutrient needs for plant Chenille Pricklypear in Orlando, Florida

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

February 4th, 2023

The growing potential in Orlando is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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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 your location in Orlando, Florida, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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