How to grow Opuntia cochenillifera

Opuntia cochenillifera growing cactus of the genus Opuntia also known as Cochineal Cactus, Opuntia cochenillifera perennial plant used as ornamental plant can grow in desert, subtropical, tropic, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+.

Opuntia cochenillifera stems

Stem called cladode some refers them as leaves, stems color green or green with yellow.

Flower color pink to red, the fruit color red in oval shape, the peel covers with white hair dots, fruits maybe edible but there is no indication.

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Requirements for Opuntia cochenillifera growing and care:

More than -2C

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

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
The white hair can cause skin problems

Recommended planting season?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Pests and diseases:
Snails, slugs

Pruning season:
All years

How to prune:
For design

Size of the plant:
80cm-350cm, 32-140 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Pink to red flower, in the shape of the fruit

Pollination is done by:
Bees, butterfly, humming bird

Scientific name:

Opuntia cochenillifera

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