How To Grow Prickly Pears

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I used to buy a lot of these when they were in season back in the days when we still lived in the city. After having successfully figured out how to grow aloe vera, I have decided to take on another cactus. Why not learn how to grow prickly pears? It shouldn’t be that difficult, right?

If you are thinking that a cactus plant, will not grow in your area, you are misinformed. Go ahead and give this a try at least. There are many different varieties you can grow, the most common one being the Opuntia ficus-indica, which is sold in stores. The Opuntia humifusa, is what you should perhaps try to grow in wetter and colder climates.

How To Grow Prickly Pears

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • prickly pear cactus pad or seeds
  • cactus soil
  • potting soil
  • sand (optional)
  • container

I personally feel like propagating it from the pad of another one is the easiest way to go, it saves you a lot of time and energy when compared to sowing the seeds. Cactus soil is my first preference, however if not available sand or potting soil will do just fine. Simply plant a pad into about an inch of soil and water.

This is a cactus plant, so dobnot over water it. When it is well established in the pot or container you can transplant it into your garden. Be patient like most perennial plants it will take a few years before you see any fruit or flowers. It is not uncommon to have to wait at least 3 years for this to occur.

You can get more information on the Gardening Jones blog, here…

How To Grow Prickly Pears

You can watch the video below on how to grow pricly pears from seeds…

You can watch the video below on how to propagate prickly pear cactii from pads…


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