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Opuntia microdasys

Bunny ears cactus

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  • Opuntia microdasys | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height0.5m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.3m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Opuntia microdasys (Bunny ears cactus). This species will produce oval, fleshy pads which form a low bushy clump. The flowers are profuse when the plants are mature, The blooms are funnel-shaped and yellow, they appear in the summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Cactus

Other common names

Prickly pear

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Ornamental, greenhouse, indoors

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Gritty
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They will thrive in hot, dry conditions in moderately fertile, gritty, humus-rich, well-drained soil with full sun. You can propagate from seed.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds or stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects and mealy bugs.

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