Plant Care Opuntia Humifusa

Opuntia Humifusa

4.7 out of 5 (29 experiences)

Opuntia Humifusa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Opuntia Humifusa has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Smooth Prickly Pear, Smooth Prickly Pear, Devil's-tongue, Eastern Prickly Pear, Indian fig and Opuntia vulgaris


Opuntia humifusa

How to care for Opuntia Humifusa


How often to water your Opuntia Humifusa

Water needs for Opuntia Humifusa
0.5 cups
every 12

Opuntia Humifusa 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 Humifusa

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Smooth Prickly Pear in your home

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

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

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

Opuntia Humifusa does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Opuntia Humifusa

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

Difficulty Level

Opuntia Humifusa is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Opuntia Humifusa

Opuntia Humifusa

Opuntia Humifusa

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.

What other plant parents say

Opuntia Humifusa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 22
Opuntia Humifusa has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Opuntia Humifusa has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 8
Opuntia Humifusa has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Opuntia Humifusa has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Opuntia Humifusa has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Andrea avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Neenah, WI

I get nervous in the fall/early winter when he shrivels up…but always comes back with new growth.

Survivor Survivor
Gracefulwander avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 175 XP

Prickly pear cacti are really easy to care for. However, they do get quite large and tall. I was really surprised how big the cactus got despite being indoor and without grow lights. I keep him by the brightest spot in my apartment, in a south facing window. I let the pot soil aerate after watering by tilting it in the saucer so the draining hole doesn’t get moldy.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Popsicle49 avatar
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 2,798 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, FL

Easy to care for and always looks healthy. Also roots well so the little growths can be replanted for new Pricklies…

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Nathan avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 539 XP
globe Florence, AL

My experience with my prickly pear has been unique. I have a bearded dragon and they enjoy prickly pear as a special treat. So, I went to a local nursery and was given a free propagate with two existing buds from a friend. I have now had it for a month and a third bud has begun. My biggest note so far is that it is very slow growing (over the course of a month the third bud has only grown by a centimeter). However, the plant is hardy and took to the soil very well. Have some patience with this one!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Apb0168 avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,320 XP
globe Hamilton, Ontario

Be careful. Doesn’t get its name for no reason. Very easy to get prickles from the one!!!

Wolf_haley__ avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 101 XP

Easy to maintain and forget about. Best in my bathroom so far.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kandib avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 348 XP
globe Gallant, AL

I love this. I got him from a park near muse. My first succulent propagation. Super easy. Followed some online videos and tips and he has roots in no time. Let keep in mind my green thumb stays yellow and down.😁 He’s made me one happy plant mama.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Rogueninja avatar
leaf-1 58 Plants
xp 1,637 XP

Handle with heavy duty gloves when potting. It’s spines are tiny and hard to see. When they make contact with skin they’re painful and difficult to remove.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Popsicle49 avatar
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 2,798 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, FL

I just rescued this prickly pair. He rooted fast and is thriving. He will produce offshoots soon and is very interesting to look at.

Survivor Survivor
Popsicle49 avatar
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 2,798 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, FL

I love my prickly pear. She is a rescue cactus and had no roots. I’v had her 1 month had she has 3 new growths. She’s beautiful.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Hyggevibes avatar
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 3,849 XP

I really love the look of cacti pads. 🌵

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Ihsaisha avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 1,515 XP
globe Seattle, WA

Super slow grower, but easy!

Mysteriousnova avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 337 XP

When full grown the fruits and the fans are edible. However, you have to be very diligent in removing the spines.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Connor avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe Goodyear, AZ

It is a slow grower.

Survivor Survivor

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