Bring some desert energy into your home with the gorgeous Opuntia ellisiana, a spineless variety of cactus cultivated in Mexico and the south of Texas!
Growing Pot Size: 10cm
- This quirky little cactus boasts wide, flat leaves that are free from spines!
- Makes the perfect gift.
- Ultra low-maintenance.
- Easy care level - great for new plant owners.
- Growing Pot Size: 10cm.
Key Benefits: Spine Free!
The Opuntia ellisiana is a fascinating variety of cactus. Despite being a ‘Prickly Pear’, this variety is actually free from those pesky spines we know all too well! It’s a safe alternative to the classic cactus plant.
Cactus ‘Prickly Pear’ - Edible
Did you know that prickly pears are actually edible? In the right growing conditions, cacti will produce edible red fruit called ‘tunas’ that, upon correct preparation, can be eaten! They are said to have a mild, sweet flavour and resemble the texture of a kiwi fruit.
Where does it come from?
Cacti grow natively in hot, arid climates in South America. The spineless Opuntia ellisiana variety was first cultivated in Mexico and the south of Texas!
Plant Care Tips: Cactus ‘Prickly Pear’
Light: Prefers bright, indirect light and partial shade. Avoid exposure to full sunlight as this can scorch your cactus.
Water: Cacti are drought tolerant plants, but still need water to survive. We recommend allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Water less frequently in winter.
Humidity: In their natural habitat, cacti live in arid environments, meaning they can tolerate dry conditions. They have no specific humidity requirements.
Temperature: Thrives at temperatures of 10-27°C. Avoid temperatures over 32°C and below 10°C.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix.
Fertilizer: This plant doesn’t require much feeding, but will benefit from the occasional feed with a high potassium fertilizer in the summer months.
Propagation: Cacti can be propagated through seeds and stem cuttings.
Pets: This plant is non-toxic, but we recommend keeping it out of reach from pets and children.
Cactus “Prickly Pear” - Common Issues and Questions
My cactus is turning yellow. What am I doing wrong?
If you find that your cactus is beginning to turn yellow, it probably means that it is sunburned. We recommend gradually moving it to a spot with more shade and indirect sunlight to allow it to acclimate properly.
Why is the base of my cactus plant rotting?
If the base of your cactus is rotting, it probably has root rot. This is a result of overwatering. Cacti require less watering than you might think, so remember to only water your plant when the soil has completely dried out. Remove the brown and mushy roots and repot any unaffected sections into a clean pot with fresh soil.
Common Pests: Cacti can be susceptible to mealybugs, scale, whitefly, red spider mites, and thrip. Treat any infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
*Decorative pots sold separately.