Plant Care Opuntia Macrocentra

Opuntia Macrocentra

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Opuntia Macrocentra has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate
Opuntia Macrocentra has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Black-Spined Prickly Pear, Black-Spined Prickly Pear, Longspine pricklypear, Long-spined purplish prickly pear, Purple pricklypear, Purple Prickly Pear and opuntia violacea


Opuntia macrocentra

How to care for Opuntia Macrocentra


How often to water your Opuntia Macrocentra

Water needs for Opuntia Macrocentra
0.5 cups
every 12

Opuntia Macrocentra 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 Macrocentra

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Black-Spined Prickly Pear in your home

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

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

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

Opuntia Macrocentra does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Opuntia Macrocentra

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

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Care Summary for Opuntia Macrocentra

Opuntia Macrocentra

Opuntia Macrocentra

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 Macrocentra has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Opuntia Macrocentra has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Nishlaursen avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Arvada, CO

Easy to care for since its a cactus, doesn’t require a lot of water, easy to propagate but be careful and ware rubber gloves it has very fine prickly hairs on the paddles near the long black spines.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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