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Bunny Ear Cactus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Opuntia microdasys f. monstrose

 

Bunny Ear Cactus

O. microdasys f. monstrose is a clustering succulent with unusual twisted pads bearing bright yellow clusters of glochids. It forms a dense shrub, to 40-60 cm high.

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plant Features
  • Bunny Ear Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Bunny Ear Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Bunny Ear Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Bunny Ear Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Bunny Ear Cactus

Latin name

Opuntia microdasys f. monstrose

type

Succulent

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Bunny Ear Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Bunny Ear Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Bunny Ear Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Bunny Ear Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Bunny Ear Cactus is 0.50meters x 0.60meters 0.50 M 0.60 M

Opuntia microdasys f. monstrose

O. microdasys f. monstrose is a clustering succulent with unusual twisted pads bearing bright yellow clusters of glochids. It forms a dense shrub, to 40-60 cm high.


Flowering

From Early Summer TO Mid Summer

Flowers only bud at the termination points of fully formed segments. Budding begins in late spring, and culminates in early summer with 2 inch wide blossoms. These are a creamy yellow in colour, and fade to peach once fertilized. Flowers will turn into 2 inch long fruits varying from purple to red in colour.

 

Propogation by cuttings

From Early Summer TO Early Summer

When a pad (the ear like sprout) is fully grown you can gently break it off ensuring that the break is clean. Gloves should be worn when doing this to avoid getting the fine spines in your fingers. Re-pot the cuttings in groups of 3 or more up to three centimetres in the soil. Make sure you water regularly during the first year ensuring that the soil is slightly damp to the touch but not water logged.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Like most cacti, this specimen demands sandy soil-bases that drain easily. It is usually happy with the pre-packaged cactus soil found in good nurseries. To increase drainage for a picky plant, mix in a 1:1 ratio of perlite or bark.

 
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