How to grow Prickly pear plant

Prickly pear grow and care – cactus of the genus Opuntia also known as Cactus pear or Barbary fig, Prickly pear perennial thorny plant also used as ornamental plant can grow in desert, subtropical, tropic, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 7+.

Stem color green with oval shape when mature become brown and change their shape more oval as stem, the stem called cladode some refers them as leaves.

Flower color orange, yellow or pink flower.

Prickly pear fruits

Fruit color can be: orange, yellow, red, purple or green, the peel covers with spines

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How to grow Prickly pear 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:
Snails, slugs

Pruning season:
All years

How to prune:
More for design the ease to pick the fruits

Size of the plant?
2-6 m, 6-18 feet

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 indoor as houseplant?

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

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Orange, yellow or pink flower, in the shape of the fruit

Pollination is done by:
Bees, butterfly, humming bird

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:

Fruits pests or diseases:
Snails, slugs, birds

What can be done with big quantities of Prickly pear 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:

Opuntia ficus-indica

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
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
  • Summer 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