Plant Care Erect Prickly Pear

Erect Prickly Pear

Also known as

Sweet prickly-pear and Nopal estricto


Opuntia stricta

How to care for Erect Prickly Pear


How often to water your Erect Prickly Pear

Water needs for Erect Prickly Pear
0.5 cups
every 12

Erect 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 Erect 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.

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Finding light for Erect Prickly Pear in your home

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

Erect 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.

Erect Prickly Pear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Erect Prickly Pear

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

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Care Summary for Erect Prickly Pear

Erect Prickly Pear

Erect Prickly Pear

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.

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