Plant Care Opuntia stricta

Opuntia stricta

Also known as

Opuntia stricta, erect prickly pear and nopal estricto


Opuntia dillenii

How to care for Opuntia stricta


How often to water your Opuntia stricta

Water needs for Opuntia stricta
0.5 cups
every 12

Opuntia stricta 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Opuntia stricta in your home

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

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

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

Opuntia stricta does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Opuntia stricta

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Opuntia stricta

Opuntia stricta

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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