Plant Care Airampu

Airampu

Also known as

Cactus sericeus, Cactus sulphureus, Opuntia albisetosa, Opuntia brachyacantha, Opuntia brunnescens, Opuntia coerulea, Opuntia hildemanii, Opuntia hildmannii, Opuntia maculacantha, Opuntia maelenii, Opuntia pampeana, Opuntia sericea, Opuntia sericea longispina, Opuntia sericea maelenii, Opuntia sulphurea brachyacantha, Opuntia sulphurea hildemanii, Opuntia sulphurea laevior, Opuntia sulphurea major, Opuntia sulphurea pallidior, Opuntia sulphurea spinibarbis, Opuntia sulphurea sulphurea, Opuntia sulphurea vulpina, Opuntia tweediei, Opuntia vulpina, Platyopuntia brachyacantha, Platyopuntia spinibarbis and Platyopuntia spinibarbis grandiflora

Taxonomy

Opuntia sulphurea
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Airampu

💦 Water

How often to water your Airampu

Water needs for Airampu
0.5 cups
every 12

Airampu 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 Airampu

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Airampu in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Airampu: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Airampu love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Airampu does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Airampu

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Airampu 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Airampu 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Airampu 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.


🪴 Soil

Airampu 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Airampu 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!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Airampu to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Airampu is native to the Americas.


🌸 Flowers

Airampu produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Airampu

Airampu

Airampu


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.

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