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Opuntia, commonly known as the prickly pear cactus, is a genus of flowering plants in the cactus family. These plants are distinguished by their flat, paddle-like segments called cladodes, adorned with spines and sometimes glochids, which are tiny barbed bristles that can easily detach. Opuntia species vary greatly in size and form, ranging from small, ground-hugging plants to large, tree-like structures.

Where am I from?

I am native to the Americas.


Opuntia requires full sun to thrive. Place it in a location where it receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. In extremely hot climates, some afternoon shade may be beneficial.


Use a well-draining soil mix, ideally one formulated for cacti and succulents. If potting, ensure the container has ample drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.


Water sparingly, allowing the soil to completely dry out between waterings. Over the winter months, reduce watering significantly to mimic the plant's natural dormant period.


This plant prefers warm temperatures but can tolerate cooler conditions down to about -1°C. However, it should be protected from frost to prevent damage to the pads and roots.


Feed with a diluted, cactus fertiliser during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid feeding during autumn and winter when the plant is not actively growing.


Repot every few years or when the plant outgrows its pot. Spring is the best time for repotting to allow the plant to establish in its new container before the rapid growth period.


Pruning is not typically necessary, but you can remove damaged or diseased pads with a clean, sharp knife to maintain the plant's appearance and health.

Pests and Diseases

Keep an eye out for common pests such as scale insects and spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with appropriate insecticides or natural remedies. Over-watering can lead to root rot, so ensure the soil is well-draining and do not over-water.

Am I Pet Friendly?

Unfortunately I am not pet friendly.

What size am I?

I am in a 8cm pot.