Prickly Pear Cactus
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How to care
How to care
Cacti will thrive in bright indirect light or direct full sun. They’re perfect for South and South-West facing window sills that receive sunlight too strong for most houseplants.
Water once every 2 - 3 weeks, allowing its soil to completely dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot. During winter water once a month.
Cacti do not have any particular humidity requirements - but are not suited to very humid environments like bathrooms or terrariums.
Sad Plant Signs
Wrinkled stem or leaves: under-watered. Dry out between waterings, then water thoroughly.
Yellow, mushy leaves: over-watered, possible root rot. Stop watering until the soil has dried out. Check if the roots have died.
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This colourful Prickly Pear Cactus has flat, round paddles that continue to grow up and out every year. They can reach a whopping 2 meters high and are textured with bumps and spikes. In the spring and summer months, this cacti blossoms colourful flowers that then turn into fruit! It's a hard to kill character that loves to bask in the sunshine.
Bring the outside in
Place larger plants by windows and smaller plants on tabletops to gradually draw the eye from the outside in.
This Prickly Pear Cactus is 1 of 90 Optunia species that can found across the depths of America. Part of the Cactaceae family, it's natural habitat is on rocky hillsides, amongst boulders, and in areas where the soil is sandy or gravelly. Fun fact: The Prickly Pear Cactus was selected by the Texas Legislature in 1995 to be the State Plant of Texas.
Characteristics Non-toxic to pets & children
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