Bunny Eared Cactus

Care Tips:


Bunny Ears cacti love lots of light. Like most cacti, they do well in a bright location where they can receive plenty of full sunlight for most of the year. When growing them indoors, you can place your cactus at a south-facing or west-facing window. If you cannot provide your Bunny Ears cactus with enough natural light, these light-feeders can also grow healthy below a white fluorescent tube for at least 14 hours. Keep in mind that you need to move these cacti to a spot with partial sunlight during the winter


In their natural habitat, they grow in regions with warm to slightly hot climates. Bunny Ears cacti prefer temperatures between 70 and 100°F (21-37°C), but they need cooler temperatures in the winter months. From late autumn to early spring, provide these cacti with mid-cool temperatures from 50 to 65°F (10-18°C) and keep them away from heat sources.


Bunny Ears cacti need regular watering to maintain the soil constantly damp. Make sure you always check the soil in-between waterings, as these plants do not appreciate waterlogging or soggy conditions. When the first inch (2.5 cm) of soil is dry to the touch, it is the perfect time to water your cactus.

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Bunny ears cactus (Opuntia microdasys) originated in Mexico and is a denizen of arid, desert-like areas. Growing bunny ears cactus is as simple as mimicking its native regional conditions. So if you have a dry, low humidity home and plenty of sunny exposure, bunny ears cactus plant might be the perfect plant for you. Bunny ears forms a 2- to 3-foot (61-91 cm.) tall plant with a spread of 4 to 5 feet (1- 1-1/2 m.) in its native habitat. In the home, it is a slow growing plant that will likely reach 2 feet in height and have about the same width. It makes an excellent container plant with its paired 3- to 6-inch (8-15 cm.) long pads, which start out a rosy red and deepen to bright green. An interesting bit of bunny ears cactus information is that it does not develop spines. Instead, it grows glochids, which are short whitish brown prickles. These still have the ability to bite, so caution is urged when handling the cactus. If you are lucky, the plant may produce 2-inch (5 cm.) wide creamy yellow flowers in summer, followed by globular purple fruits.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Bunny Ear Cactus Plant – How To Grow Bunny Ears Cactus https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/bunny-ears/how-to-grow-bunny-ears-cactus.htm

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