Brownspine Prickly Pear
About Brownspine Prickly Pear
Brownspine Prickly Pear is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.
Brownspine 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.
Brownspine Prickly Pear belongs to the Opuntia genus, and is native to the Southwest United States and Northeast Mexico.
⚠️ Brownspine Prickly Pear is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Also known as
Tulip prickly pear and Desert prickly pear
How to care for Brownspine Prickly Pear
How often to water your Brownspine Prickly Pear
Brownspine Prickly Pear needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Austin, Texas.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Brownspine Prickly Pear in your home
Brownspine 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.
Brownspine Prickly Pear does not tolerate low light 🚫.
Austin, Texas currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.
How to fertilize Brownspine Prickly Pear
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 Brownspine Prickly Pear after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Brownspine Prickly Pear is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
Brownspine Prickly Pear thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Brownspine Prickly Pear requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Brownspine Prickly Pear is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Brownspine Prickly Pear prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
Brownspine Prickly Pear is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!
Brownspine Prickly Pear grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for Brownspine Prickly Pear to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Brownspine Prickly Pear is native to the Americas.
Brownspine Prickly Pear grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Brownspine Prickly Pear can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Brownspine Prickly Pear can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Care Summary for Brownspine Prickly Pear
Brownspine Prickly Pear
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Austin, Texas, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.