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Prickly Pear cactus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Opuntia megacantha 'Nopal Blanco'

 

Prickly Pear cactus

Nopal (also known as prickly pear) has been used as both food and medicine. Nopals are commonly sold fresh, canned, or dried for use in the preparation of traditional Mexican dishes. Nopal juice is used in jellies and candies.

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plant Features
  • Prickly Pear cactus likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Prickly Pear cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Prickly Pear cactus is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Prickly Pear cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Prickly Pear cactus

Latin name

Opuntia megacantha 'Nopal Blanco'

type

Flowering plant

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Prickly Pear cactus likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Prickly Pear cactus is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Prickly Pear cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Prickly Pear cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Prickly Pear cactus is 4.00meters x 5.00meters 4.00 M 5.00 M

Opuntia megacantha 'Nopal Blanco'

Nopal (also known as prickly pear) has been used as both food and medicine. Nopals are commonly sold fresh, canned, or dried for use in the preparation of traditional Mexican dishes. Nopal juice is used in jellies and candies.


Propogation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Prickly pear cactus can be propagated from seeds or from pads. Growing prickly pear from pad is comparatively easy than seeds. To facilitate the rooting it is preferable to wait until the cuts are perfectly healed (about 1 – 2 week) before planting. Tuck them an inch deep on the ground or in containers. The rooting take place in a short time, usually in a month. Save the rooting pad from afternoon sun and water it when top one inch of soil seems dry.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Growing prickly pear cactus on a sunny location allows the plant to thrive and fruit. Prickly pear cactus is a tropical plant so it loves warm exposure. However, it can withstand temperatures down to 14 F (-10 C) but in areas with harsh winters it is good to plant it on a sheltered spot, near a wall or tall tree to protect it from cold drafts and fluctuation in temperature. If you’re living in a cooler climate, growing prickly pear cactus in a container is the better option for you as it can only be grown on the ground where winter temperature remains above 14 F (- 10 C).

 
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