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Bunny Ears in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Opuntia microdasys

 

Bunny Ears

Bunny Ear Cactus. The oval shaped pads are shaped like rabbit ears and produce new pads from their top rim. These new segments emerge as red in colour, and mature to dark green as they grow. Flowers will always sprout from the terminal ends of segment pads.

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plant Features
  • Bunny Ears likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Bunny Ears likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Bunny Ears is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Bunny Ears likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Bunny Ears

Latin name

Opuntia microdasys

type

Succulent

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Bunny Ears likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Bunny Ears is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Bunny Ears likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Bunny Ears likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Bunny Ears is 0.50meters x 1.50meters 0.50 M 1.50 M

Opuntia microdasys

Bunny Ear Cactus. The oval shaped pads are shaped like rabbit ears and produce new pads from their top rim. These new segments emerge as red in colour, and mature to dark green as they grow. Flowers will always sprout from the terminal ends of segment pads.


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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