Plant Care Black-Spined Prickly Pear

Black-Spined Prickly Pear

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Black-Spined Prickly Pear has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate
Black-Spined Prickly Pear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Black-Spined Prickly Pear

Black-Spined Prickly Pear is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as easy to propagate and being a survivor with only 29 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Black-Spined Prickly Pear likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Opuntia macrocentra
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

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

How to care for Black-Spined Prickly Pear

Water

How often to water your Black-Spined Prickly Pear

Water needs for Black-Spined Prickly Pear
0.5 cups
every 12

Black-Spined Prickly Pear 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 Prickly Pear

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Black-Spined Prickly Pear in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Black-Spined Prickly Pear: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Black-Spined Prickly Pear 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 Prickly Pear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Black-Spined Prickly Pear in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Black-Spined Prickly Pear

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

FAQs
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Care Summary for Black-Spined Prickly Pear

Black-Spined Prickly Pear

Black-Spined Prickly Pear


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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 Prickly Pear has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Black-Spined Prickly Pear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Nishlaursen avatar
@Nishlaursen
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Arvada, CO
06/27/2021

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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