How to grow Prickly pear plant

Prickly pear growing 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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Requirements for 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 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

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone