How to grow Nopal

Nopal grow and care – cactus of the genus Opuntia also known as Prickly Pear cactus, Nopal perennial plant and also used as ornamental plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate, tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 8+.

Mostly refer to the Prickly pear without a lot of spines and more tender branch mostly the fruit are the part that eat in those spices.

Nopal cladode

Stem is edible and called cladode some refers them as leaves, harvesting all year when the cladode young.

Flower color orange yellow or pink, fruit are also edible but mostly not use for eat, fruit color mostly red.

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How to grow Nopal growing and care:

More than -10C

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Recommended planting season?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Pests and diseases:
Slug, snail

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
old stems that don’t bring new stems

Size of the plant?
2-4 m, 6-12 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, but not recommend to let it grow too much

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Orange yellow or pink flowers

Thinning the bloom:
Mostly there is no use for the fruit, in the shape of the fruit

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruit

Fruit harvest season:

Fruits pests or diseases:
Slug, snail

What can be done with big quantities of Nopal fruits?
Eat raw, juice, jams

Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick the fruit is hard (the spines can be loose when try to pick them) recommend to pick the fruits with sunglass

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-5 years

Scientific name:


How to grow Nopal

Nopal cactus

Harvesting Nopal



Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
  • Edible Stem / Wood
Culinary uses
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Cactus
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13

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