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' and Opuntia basilaris.


Opuntia basilaris

How to care for Opuntia Basilaris


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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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 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 🏡.


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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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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