Posted 1Y ago by @WickedValkyrie

This is probably a stupid question but...

Does "var." in the plant name mean that it's variegated?

I've noticed lighter/almost yellow spots on my "opuntia microdasys var. albispina" and I'm wondering if I should be concerned or if they are supposed to be there? @EAS

(These pics are from November so not very recent, and it's dark rn so I can't get better ones...)

Also need some direction on when to water... Had to bring it inside due to some critter outside repeatedly pulling it out of its pot...

I don't see any wrinkling and was planning to wait about a month but wasn't sure if that was too long or if maybe I should wait even longer?

Atm it's getting pretty limited/almost no sun because it's in quarantine and after moving so many plants inside I've run out of room but will move it into the plant room ASAP.

The amount of glochids it has makes it pretty much impossible for me to see if there's any pests, etc but there does appear to be some "scabbing" in a few places...

Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance y'all!
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4” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 months ago
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@WickedValkyrie well from what you've said, I think it's just signs if stress from before and from whatever little animal arse is bullying it. I think if you continue the good work you're doing it should be fine in no time. I over stress over my plants too. Any wee bitty bit of change it difference in its appearance and im all up in its business asking 50000 questions when really it's just bc of the lighting. Lok
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On another note, this looks more like a bunny ear cactus and those spots look like signs of stress. Whether it's over/underwatering, too much or little light, or needs to be repotted.
I could be wrong, but I think I'm not... but I could be lol
Is it drooping or soft or leaning more than when you first got it?
How often and how much do you water it?
What kind of light does it get and how much? So many questions lol
I just looked angel wi g cactus up and saw they are the same as bunny ear lol
Hope these can help
I think it could be from previous overwatering and now that it's not getting the same amount of sun it's not drying and healing fast enough. You can usually water these about 1 time a month maybe less in winter be they store so much water in the pads. I would hold of as long as you can without watering but make sure it's in a well ventilated area and trying to find it a spot with skme sun. When you do start watering again start off slowly introducing smaller amounts so you won't retrigger any possible previous root rot. Bottom watering also helps prevent the scab spots.
@mal9 I didn't know that. Thanks for teaching me something new😊
Tysm @KrunchyWrap! It dropped one tiny pad while I repotted after the last time whatever rude critter pulled it out of its pot but otherwise hasn't dropped anything and does not feel soft...

Other than rain I think *I've* only watered it twice since I got it in October. It's had these spots since I got it, I just kept forgetting to post this question... It was bare root when I got it so can't speak to it's lean tho...

It's been ripped out of its pot three times, so I assume that's why it doesn't stand up straight. :(

The current soil mix is mostly perlite with some "cactus citrus palm" soil mixed in. Last time I repotted it I put it in completely dry soil, so it hasn't been watered in 2-3 weeks...

It is directly under a ceiling fan tho so it at least gets decent airflow...

It honestly seems pretty healthy aside from the scabbing and yellowish spots. Could I just be worrying over nothing? I'm so new to cacti, l have no clue what's normal and what's not... :/
@WickedValkyrie here is what I found:

Probably one of the cutest houseplant names, the Bunny Ear Cactus (Opuntia microdasys), is loved globally for its flat and relatively non-prickly pads. Like most Cacti types, however, they are quite prone to developing yellow leaves, whether that develops as small yellow spots or patches across the plant. yellow leaves signal that something isn’t quite right but luckily diagnosing the issue is actually quite simple as there are only two real main causes. One will lead to the pads feeling and looking quite soft, the other will lead to crispy, dry leaves. Below you’ll find a full explanation on both of the causes so you can figure out which is leading to the yellowing of your beloved Bunny Ear Cactus.

overwatering can cause yellowing in Bunny Ears Cacti

As with any other Cactus type, Bunny Ear Cacti are super sensitive to overwatering and really don’t need much moisture to thrive. They like coarse and dry potting mix otherwise their roots will begin to rot. If the potting mix is too soggy, it can cause yellowing throughout your Bunny Ear Cactus. One way to tell whether it is too much water is if the pads are very droopy and soft.

If you’re still unsure whether or not overwatering is the cause of your Bunny Ear Cactus developing yellow leaves, remove your plant out of the pot to check the moisture in the potting mix. Replace the potting mix if waterlogged. You don’t want to wait for it to naturally dry out as this can cause more damage to the root system. Trim away all of the rotten roots and soft yellow leaves to encourage new growth.

Moving forward, you want to be very careful with how much you water your Bunny Ear Cactus as you want to avoid this problem reoccurring and causing more yellow foliage.

Sunburn is another cause of yellow leaves for Bunny Ears Cacti

If the yellowing on your Bunny Ear Cactus’s leaves is at the top or the side which is facing the window, then this may be caused by too much sunlight which has burnt the leaves. Whilst Bunny Ear Cacti do like bright light but there is still a thing as too much. This usually happens in summer when the sun is a lot more intense. You can tell if the yellowing is caused by sunburn as the yellow areas will feel and look very dry.

Although you won’t be able to bring the yellow patches back to green, too much sunlight is an easier problem to solve. All you need to do is find a better spot for your plant so that it doesn’t get as much direct sunlight.
@KrunchyWrap omg okay tysm! This one was on my wishlist for so long and now that I have it I REALLY don't want it to die... Lol The stress is so real when it comes to wishlist plants! xD I'll just keep doing what I'm doing, try to get it in the plant room ASAP (there's tons of light in there) and hope for the best! β™‘
@mal9 eagerly awaiting that post! I'm a huge #plantnerd but most of my knowledge is about foliage plants... Lol Now that I'm a member of the #cactusclique I definitely need to up my knowledge levels!! 😜