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Bunny Ears Cactus

Opuntia microdasys

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Bunny Ears Cactus

Bunny Ears Cactus

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Height:  18 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Other Names:  Polka Dot Cactus

Description:

A spreading succulent cactus with showy yellow-peach flowers that bloom in spring and fruit that ripens to fuchsia in summer; oval shaped pads are studded with closely spaced glochids; an excellent accent for rock gardens and planters

Features & Attributes

Bunny Ears Cactus is a small succulent evergreen plant. It is a member of the cactus family, which are grown primarily for their characteristic shapes, their interesting features and textures, and their high tolerance for hot, dry growing environments. As an 'opuntiad' type of cactus, it doesn't actually have leaves, but rather modified succulent stems that comprise the bulk of the plant, and which are designed to retain water for long periods of time. This particular cactus is valued for its upright and spreading habit of growth This plant has buttery yellow cup-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems in mid spring, which are interesting on close inspection.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Bunny Ears Cactus can be expected to grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. This is a unique plant in that it requires extremely dry, well-drained soil, and it will die if left in standing water for any length of time - in fact it will suffer if it is over-watered. The soil should be allowed to go completely dry to the touch an inch or two deep for prolonged periods, and it may only need watering once every few weeks. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. Like most succulents and cacti, it prefers to grow in poor soils and should therefore never be fertilized. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.

-- THIS IS A HOUSEPLANT AND IS NOT MEANT TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Rock  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features

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