This Mexico native is an attractive and low-maintenance plant that thrives on neglect. Don’t be fooled by the cute nickname, this cactus is just as prickly as other varieties!
Great For People Who…
Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
Great for people who love to dance
Great for people who love to share plants with their friends
Great for people who are happiest on a desert island
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with tabletops and desks
Great for spaces that need wall art or sculpture
Great for spaces that have full sun
Great for spaces with rock or desert gardens
Opuntia microdasys Care Guide
Place in full sun
Allow soil to dry out thoroughly between waterings. If in doubt, wait longer before watering.
Avoid humid environments such as bathrooms and laundry rooms
Ideal temperature is between 70 - 100 degrees Fahrenheit
Keep away from low temperatures
Does not require regular feeding, however, you can fertilizer with a cactus fertilizer once a year to keep it looking it's best.
Repot your cactus during the warm season. Take out the plant when the soil is completely dried out. Place the cactus in a new planter and fill it up with a succulent soil mix, spreading the roots out. Let your plant dry out and recover for a couple of days. After some time, you can begin with watering gradually and placing it in a sunny spot.
Cleaning should be minimal, remove any decaying parts as needed.
To propagate, remove one of the stems from the cactus and set it aside for 24 - 48 hours allowing the base to callous. Pot the pad in a container filled with a well-draining potting mix and place it in a location that receives a few hours of direct sunlight each day. Wait to water the new plant until a few weeks have passed to ensure that roots have begun to sprout.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you touch a bunny ear cactus?
The bunny ear cactus is not poisonous but has spikes that can poke you if touched. Handle with care, using pierce proof gloves if needed.