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Cactus 'Drooping Prickly Pear'

Cactus 'Drooping Prickly Pear'

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The Cactus 'Drooping Prickly Pear', scientifically Opuntia monacantha, is a unique houseplant with fleshy, green pads that are adorned with an array of sharp spines, and during the growing season, it showcases drooping habits reminiscent of a cascading waterfall of prickly pears. Generally, prickly pear cacti are relatively low-growing cacti that typically reach a height of 1 to 6 feet. However, some larger species or those grown in optimal conditions can potentially reach greater heights.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Opuntia monacantha

Common: Drooping Prickly Pear cactus, Bunny Ears Cactus, Burro's Tail Cactus

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 60-85°F
  • Humidity: Low
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering
  • Fertilize: Every 6-8 weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
  • Preferred Soil: Cacti and Succulent Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • To encourage your Drooping Prickly Pear Cactus to flower and fruit, provide it with the recommended optimal conditions. Once it's mature, provide a stress period by withholding water for a few weeks and or by moving it to a cooler location for the winter.
  • If you find your Drooping Prickly Pear producing flowers but no fruit, you can further encourage fruit production by hand-pollinating the flowers. Simply transfer the pollen from the male flower (stamens) to the female flower (pistil).
  • Remember that this plant is a drought-tolerant succulent. Meaning, it's much easier to overwater, than to underwater..

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Cactaceae family, also commonly known as the Cactus family, which is a large family of flowering plants that includes over 1,860 species.
  • The Drooping Prickly Pear Cactus is native to Mexico and Central America.
  • The Drooping Prickly Pear Cactus can grow to be up to 6 feet long
  • As a cactus and Succulent, the Drooping Prickly Pear is very drought-tolerant and stores water above the soil in its trunk.
  • The Drooping Prickly Pear Cactus can produce yellow or orange flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. They are typically about 1 inch in diameter and have a sweet smell.
  • The Flower produces a fruit that is edible and can be eaten raw or cooked that is about 1 inch in diameter and has a sweet, sour taste.
  • Unsafe / Toxic
  • Low Maintenance

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