Plant Care Black-spined pricklypear

Black-spined pricklypear

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Black-spined pricklypear has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate
Black-spined pricklypear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Longspine pricklypear, Long-spined purplish prickly pear, Purple pricklypear and Purple Prickly Pear


Opuntia macrocentra

How to care for Black-spined pricklypear


How often to water your Black-spined pricklypear

Water needs for Black-spined pricklypear
0.5 cups
every 12

Black-spined pricklypear 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 Black-spined pricklypear

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Black-spined pricklypear in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Black-spined pricklypear: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Black-spined pricklypear love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Black-spined pricklypear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Black-spined pricklypear in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Black-spined pricklypear

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Black-spined pricklypear: 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 Black-spined pricklypear after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Black-spined pricklypear

Black-spined pricklypear

Black-spined pricklypear

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

Black-spined pricklypear has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Black-spined pricklypear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Nishlaursen avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 783 XP
globe Arvada, Colorado

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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