Plant Care Opuntia Basilaris

Opuntia Basilaris

Also known as

Bakersfield Beavertail Cactus, Bakersfield Beavertail Cactus, Heil's beavertail pricklypear, Trelease's beavertail pricklypear, Beavertail cactus, Beavertail pricklypear, dwarf prickly pear 'amethyst wave', Opuntia basilaris. and Large Elongated Blue


Opuntia basilaris

How to care for Opuntia Basilaris

💦 Water

How often to water your Opuntia Basilaris

Water needs for Opuntia Basilaris
0.5 cups
every 12

Opuntia Basilaris 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 Opuntia Basilaris

Water 0.5 cups every

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Bakersfield Beavertail Cactus in your home

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

Opuntia Basilaris love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Opuntia Basilaris does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Opuntia Basilaris

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Opuntia Basilaris thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Opuntia Basilaris requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

Opuntia Basilaris prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

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🪴 Soil

Opuntia Basilaris is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Bakersfield Beavertail Cactus →

💩 Fertilizer

Opuntia Basilaris grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Bakersfield Beavertail Cactus →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Opuntia Basilaris to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Opuntia Basilaris is native to the Americas.

🌸 Flowers

Opuntia Basilaris produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Opuntia Basilaris grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Bakersfield Beavertail Cactus →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Opuntia Basilaris

Opuntia Basilaris

Opuntia Basilaris

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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