10" Prickly Pear Cactus
This Prickly Pear Cactus is 10" in diameter, making it one of the larger options for your cactus collection.
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Prickly Pears are commonly found in desert climates, so they need full sun to thrive. Full sun means at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Placing your prickly pear cactus by a west or south facing window will provide the best sunlight options.
Having your prickly pear cactus in the right soil is one of the most important requirements when it comes to a thriving plant. This cactus can grow in sandy or gravelly soil very easily. However, it can tolerate other soil conditions as long as there is good drainage.
Prickly pear likes dry conditions, and very little watering is required to maintain the plant. Limit your watering to every two to three weeks or when the soil is completely dry. When watering, simply moisten and don't soak the soil.
Temperature and Humidity
Prickly pear cactus thrives in hot, dry desert summers. But many of its species have good cold tolerance. Typical indoor temperatures and humidity levels are usually fine for prickly pear. However, keep the plant away from heat and air-conditioning sources, as they can cause extreme temperature fluctuations.
In containers, prickly pear will use up the soil’s nutrients faster. If the plant’s green pads start to appear dull, that can mean it needs food. You can apply a balanced fertilizer during the growing season, following product instructions. You also can choose a high-nitrogen fertilizer for larger pads or a low-nitrogen fertilizer for more flowers and fruits.
Potting and Repotting
When growing prickly pear in containers, choose a pot with generous drainage holes at the bottom. Fill it with a well-draining potting mix, such as one specially made for succulents. Then, put on thick protective gloves to plant your new prickly pear in its pot.
When your prickly pear becomes root-bound or is too large and unstable in its container, only then should you consider repotting. To do so, first make sure the soil is dry. Then, shimmy the plant away from the pot by grabbing its base and knocking away the old soil. Place it in a slightly larger pot, and backfill with a well-draining potting mix. Don't water your repotted prickly pear right away; allow it to reintegrate its roots first.
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