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How do you care for a prickly pear cactus indoors?
Indoors, prickly pear cactus favor conditions with bright, direct light and warm temperatures. A south-facing or west-facing window is ideal. Keep prickly pear cactus away from sources of direct heat such as radiators as well as fans or drafts that can cause temperatures to fluctuate.
What do prickly pear cactus need to survive?
Like all cacti, the prickly pear needs dry conditions, well-draining soil, and lots of sunlight to thrive. Make sure they are getting the sunniest, driest spot in your garden when planting outdoors.
How do you know when a prickly pear needs water?
You can get a water gauge to help you know the moisture level. Alternatively, you can get a stick and stick it into the soil, if it comes back dry, that means the plant needs water. Watch out for signs for underwatered or overwatered cactus.
How long does it take for a prickly pear cactus to bear fruit?
Although it takes two to three years to establish a fruiting prickly pear, once they reach maturity around age 8, prickly pear can yield as many as 200 fruits per plant during the growing season.
What should I do with my prickly pear cactus?
If your prickly pear is still growing, you will want to keep the soil slightly moist at all times. This condition will allow seedlings, cuttings, and young plants to grow. Prickly pears easily thrive outside or in pots if they get a lot of sunlight.
How do you take care of a cactus?
When talking about cactus care, one assumes watering it from time to time, is all the care such a plant needs. But caring for a cactus plant is a little more complicated than that, it involves providing the right light, soil and growing conditions. Scroll below to learn how to care for a fruit bearing cactus variety, the prickly pear.
Do you have to fertilize a prickly pear plant?
Prickly pears are easy to care for with well-draining soil, however, and the right sized pot or the right location for planting and watering only when the soil is completely dry. You do not have to fertilize opuntia and some diseases can easily be remedied.
How often should you water a prickly pear plant?
In general, mature prickly pears thrive in dry conditions and need very little watering to survive. You should only water prickly pears if the soil is already completely dry. You can get away with watering the plant once in two to four weeks.