4.7 out of 5 (29 experiences)
Also known as
Smooth Prickly Pear, Smooth Prickly Pear, Devil's-tongue, Eastern Prickly Pear, Indian fig and Opuntia vulgaris
How to care for Opuntia Humifusa
Opuntia Humifusa needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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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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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.
What other plant parents say
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.
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!