Also known as Opuntia and Prickly Pear
Pronounced as Oh-pun-tia.
Know your Plant: The Prickly Cactus has a distinctive wide, flat, branching pads. Most of them have a combination of detachable spines and tufts of barbed bristles (glochids).
The flowers are yellow, orange and pink in colour, whereas the fruits are berry-like with white bristles.
Although very few people would fancy a dish made out of cactus, most of the varieties of Opuntia possess edible pads, flowers, and fruits.
* The plants in the picture are only for reference.
The size and shape of pot may vary according to availability.
|Dimensions||10.4 × 10.4 × 33 cm|
Water: Prickly Cactus are extremely drought tolerant and are to be watered twice a month during summers and once every month other times of the year. Make sure you do not overwater the plant.
Soil: Prickly pears prefer alkaline to neutral soil. However, the soil needs to drain well, as residual moisture or puddling can cause the plant to rot.
Lighting: Although this plant is tolerant of high heat, it requires full sun to partial shade. Make sure you protect it from afternoon hot sun.