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Prickly Pear in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Opuntia Polycantha

 

Prickly Pear

These plants offer lovely spring flowers and striking, rounded stems. Lots of fine spines and dense areoles cover the pads of this prickly cacti. After flowering, brownish-red fruit follows later in the season.

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plant Features
  • Prickly Pear likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Prickly Pear likes very little water

    Very little water

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

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Prickly Pear likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Prickly Pear

Latin name

Opuntia Polycantha

type

Flowering plant

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Prickly Pear likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

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

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Prickly Pear likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Prickly Pear likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Prickly Pear is 2.00meters x 1.50meters 2.00 M 1.50 M

Opuntia Polycantha

These plants offer lovely spring flowers and striking, rounded stems. Lots of fine spines and dense areoles cover the pads of this prickly cacti. After flowering, brownish-red fruit follows later in the season.


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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