Plant Care Brownspine Prickly Pear

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.


Opuntia phaeacantha

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

Water needs for Brownspine Prickly Pear
0.5 cups
every 12

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 Omaha, Nebraska.

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 Brownspine Prickly Pear

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.

Plant care guide for Brownspine Prickly Pear in Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

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Finding light for Brownspine Prickly Pear in your home

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

Brownspine Prickly Pear love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Omaha, Nebraska ⛅.

Brownspine Prickly Pear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Brownspine Prickly Pear

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

Difficulty Level

Brownspine Prickly Pear is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Brownspine Prickly Pear

Brownspine Prickly Pear

Brownspine Prickly Pear

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Omaha, Nebraska, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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