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:
How to prune:
Size of the plant:
80cm-350cm, 32-140 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
General information about the flower
Pink to red flower, in the shape of the fruit
Pollination is done by:
Bees, butterfly, humming bird