Plant Care Prickly Pear Cactus
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Prickly Pear Cactus

5.0 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Prickly Pear Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Prickly Pear Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

devil's-tongue, Eastern prickly pear and Indian fig

Taxonomy

Opuntia humifusa
Opuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

What other plant parents say

Prickly Pear Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Prickly Pear Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Prickly Pear Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
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@Popsicle49
St. Pete Beach, FL
Rating of the plant Prickly Pear Cactus named Crystal by Popsicle49 on Greg, the plant care app
04/08/2021

I just rescued this prickly pair. He rooted fast and is thriving. He will produce offshoots soon and is very interesting to look at.

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@Popsicle49
St. Pete Beach, FL
Rating of the plant Prickly Pear Cactus named Crystale by Popsicle49 on Greg, the plant care app
04/07/2021

I love my prickly pear. She is a rescue cactus and had no roots. I’v had her 1 month had she has 3 new growths. She’s beautiful.

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@Mysteriousn…
Palmdale, CA
Rating of the plant Prickly Pear Cactus named Ares by Mysteriousnova on Greg, the plant care app
03/25/2021

When full grown the fruits and the fans are edible. However, you have to be very diligent in removing the spines.

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@Plantlife
New Orleans, LA
Rating of the plant Prickly Pear Cactus named Ernie by Plantlife on Greg, the plant care app
03/20/2021

So epic! It can handle being neglected, but rewards you with lots of growth when you give it some love 🥰

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03/31/2021

I really love the look of cacti pads. 🌵

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@Ihsaisha
Bellingham, WA
Rating of the plant Prickly Pear Cactus named cactus by Ihsaisha on Greg, the plant care app
03/31/2021

Super slow grower, but easy!

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@Connor
Goodyear, AZ
Rating of the plant Prickly Pear Cactus named Charlie by Connor on Greg, the plant care app
03/03/2021

It is a slow grower.

How to care for Prickly Pear Cactus

Water

How often to water your Prickly Pear Cactus

Water needs for Prickly Pear Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Prickly Pear Cactus 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 Prickly Pear Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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 Prickly Pear Cactus in your home

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

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

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

Prickly Pear Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Prickly Pear Cactus

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

Care Summary for Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus


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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