Plant Care Cochineal Cactus

Cochineal Cactus

5.0 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Cochineal Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Cochineal Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Cochineal Cactus

Cochineal Cactus is a relatively 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.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and easy to propagate with only 41 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

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

Taxonomy

Opuntia cochenillifera
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

Nopal, Nopal chamacuero, Tuna mansa, cochineal nopal cactus and tunita

How to care for Cochineal Cactus

Water

How often to water your Cochineal Cactus

Water needs for Cochineal Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Cochineal Cactus 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 Cochineal Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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.

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Finding light for Cochineal Cactus in your home

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

Cochineal Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cochineal Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Cochineal Cactus

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

FAQs
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Care Summary for Cochineal Cactus

Cochineal Cactus

Cochineal Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Cochineal Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Cochineal Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Cochineal Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Cochineal Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Plantygal avatar
@Plantygal
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 57 XP
09/03/2021

Just a really easy gorgeous plant definitely recommend ❤️

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Plantlife avatar
@Plantlife
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 9,081 XP
globe Miami, FL
03/20/2021

So epic! It can handle being neglected, but rewards you with lots of growth when you give it some love 🥰

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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