Prickly Pear Cactus

(59 customer reviews)
Arrives in 3 - 7 days.
Ships February 23rd - March 1st.
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$ 38.00
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3-in-1 Moisture Meter

Take the guesswork out of watering and light. Quickly and easily determine your plants water and light levels, along with pH value.

  • No batteries required
  • Easy to read moisture, light, and pH levels with large dial.
  • Perfect for Indoor or Outdoor Plants.
  • How to Use: Simply insert moisture meter 3-4 inches into the soil, toggle switch to test moisture, light, or pH level you would like to measure.
  • Designed only for testing soil. Please be sure to not touch stone or hard rock soil.
  • ***Please note that pH test value cannot be applied to any other liquid than water.

Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Pot it for me

Have your plant delivered pre-potted when purchasing a medium-sized plant along with one of our premium planters.

  • For Medium Plants
  • Perfect for gift giving
  • Replaces our standard grower pot
  • Medium Plant and Premium Planter must be purchased at same time to qualify
  • Can not be used with large, XL or hanging pot specimens

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Scientific Name: Opuntia

Common Name: Prickly Pear Cactus

Overview: The prickly pear species is mainly popular for its unique look, with flat, segmented stems on either side of the plant. It also has dotted spines on either side, making it one of the unique cactus species in the wild.  Opuntias also have thin hairs which may stick to skin and clothing and can be difficult to remove from the surface.

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A Beautiful Cactus for all Skill Levels of Indoor Gardeners

The first recorded instances of the Prickly Pear Cactus date back as far as 1788. The prickly pear cactus is often connected to Governor Phillip at the Port Jackson. The plant was first introduced into the market to create a cochineal industry in the newly-created settlement. Most history experts believe that the prickly pear cactus species resulted from the drooping tree pear (Opuntia monacantha) plant with some other kind of pear in the locality. 

Caring for your Prickly Pear Cactus


The Prickly Pear Cactus is highly light-resistant and can thrive easily in sunny and open locations. You do not have to worry about the plant rotting even under direct sunlight.


The Prickly Pear Cactus thrives in neutral soil and prefers alkaline-based surfaces. However, it is important to drain the soil properly, or the excess water can cause plant rotting.


The Prickly Pear Cactus is highly drought-tolerant, so it’s best not to water the padding in the first month. Feel free to water the plant after only two or four weeks of planting the cactus during the first year of growth. Additionally, water the plant twice a month in the summers and once a month during the wintertime. However, the rainfall and dew are enough to sustain the plant in most areas.


The balance of 10-10-10 fertilizers is best for the Prickly Pear cacti, which are newer. You can reduce the balance to 5-10-10 or even 0-10-10 if you have a water-soluble fertilizer for the cactus. The mix will promote more flower growth in the cactus, but cactus growers doing it for the pads can use nitrogen-rich fertilizers.

Common Issues

Even though the Prickly pear cactus is a house plant that does not require much care, one must ensure to keep it away from all sorts of pests and diseases.

Pests and Disease

The Prickly Pear does not show many diseases compared to other plant types. Its growth can hinder in case the plant does not have proper water drainage. Additionally, it may suffer from a problem called Phyllosticta; it is called the Prickly pear leaf spot disease and comes from the tiny spores from the phyllosticta fungus. This fungus colonizes the tissues of the plant.

There is no particular treatment for this disease, but if your plant gets it, you must keep it away from other decorative plants as they might get it too. However, you can remove the infected part and hope the plant can recover.


When pruning the Prickly pear cactus, you need to remember that it is not necessary. If you want, you can easily cut it back and separate the individual pads, which will help maintain both the shape and the size of the plant. To prune the plant, you can use tongs to first handle the pad and then use a knife to cut through it. You can use the same pads and plant them to get a new pruning prickly pear cactus.


For the propagation of the Prickly pear cactus, you need to wait for a long time. Using the seed will take at least 3-4 years for the plant to grow and give you flowers and fruits. You need to keep the seed moist enough for it to germinate. However, if you propagate the plant using its pads, it will be much quicker for your plant to bloom and give you flowers.

Potting / Repotting

You can keep the cuttings and grow them any time you’d like. You need to transplant the Prickly pear cactus to the level where they are growing. If you plant them any deeper, it may cause root rot, which can damage your plant. It is best to handle the plant with extra care as the pads from the plants may break off. These plants tend to be heavy, so you can take all the help you can get.

When plotting the plant, use gloves, so you don’t end up hurting yourself. Do not touch the spine or the pricks as they can irritate your skin.

Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a, 9a, 9b

Sun Exposure

Partial Sun

Mature Height

12 ft – 20 ft


6 ft – 8 ft

59 reviews for Prickly Pear Cactus

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Looks good and was sturdy enough to survive its journey to me!

  2. Verified Buyer (verified owner)

    The soil was very low, exposing the plants roots upon arrival.

  3. Kelly McCall (verified owner)

    Lovely plants, super pleased with the delivery.

  4. Shelby (verified owner)

  5. Patricia R. (verified owner)

    As my other plant arrived this one was also packaged well and there was no damage to the plant. I recommend this company for purchasing and shipping plants.

  6. Claudia mcdede (verified owner)

    Arrived quickly. Was easy to set up. Is very healthy!!

  7. Teresa (verified owner)

  8. Lisa K. (verified owner)

    Exactly as promised- came looking a little droopy but perked right up after a couple days! Love it!

  9. Scott Gargan (verified owner)

    It’s cute but I wish it was bigger! I would have gladly paid more! Thanks!

  10. Khrystyna (verified owner)

    Incredible! Such healthy plants and speedy delivery! I am recommending this company to all my friends.

  11. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Excellent condition

  12. Jana R. (verified owner)

    my plant looks pretty wilted- i hope i doesn’t lose the 3 “paddles” that are droopy!

  13. jennifer l. (verified owner)

    Wow, I ordered plants from several places before and PlantVine so far has been the best. Packed really well and they check the weather for the next four days to ensure conditions are right to ship. They keep you posted on this through emails. Great communication, decent pricing, packed really well. Now for this plant, This cutie was definitely a plus. Looks very healthy and tall. This one has smoother pads, which I appreciate as other prickly pears I have had were super prickly. I’m excited to add this to my plant party

  14. Anonymous (verified owner)

  15. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Damage was moderate upon receipt. Two major pieces fell off, leaving only 2 stalks. One was supported by a stick, and the other was not but needed to be tied as it could not support itself. One piece is discolored and looks like it is not doing well. Still a nice piece, but with this kind of plant, any loss stalk loss adds up quickly.

  16. Manuel S. (verified owner)

    Recieved a quality product as promised in a timely matter.
    Thank you

  17. Suzanne S. (verified owner)

    Well packaged, healthy looking, arrived quickly & also my bonus swiss cheese plant was in great condition

  18. Mayra Marquez (verified owner)

    There was a worm who wanted my cactus… lol.

  19. Belinda Lopez (verified owner)

    Love the cactus! It was in perfect condition.

  20. Julie C. (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant. Arrived healthy and with a wonderful price point.

  21. Bridget (verified owner)

    Arrived quickly, carefully packaged, and just so beautiful and healthy. I’m a repeat customer, and I’m sure I will be back again!

  22. Lance Schlehuber (verified owner)

    The plant was bigger than I expected and arrived in great condition. I am very happy with it and I would definitely buy from this company again.

  23. Karen Mills (verified owner)

  24. MUYIWA (verified owner)

    Damaged on arrival. Tip of the cactus stalk was damaged.
    not exactly as the picture for a medium size.

  25. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Shipped well , did not come in the pot I ordered otherwise the plant was ok and survived the shipping .

  26. Tracy (verified owner)

    Your communication and packaging is outstanding! Love my plant, he is thriving in our sunroom. Thank you

  27. Mark H. (verified owner)

  28. Elena Egorova (verified owner)

    Very satisfied!!!! Thank you

  29. Monika K. (verified owner)

    Plant arrived in excellent condition. Beautiful plant. Thank you!!

  30. Brenda (verified owner)

    Bought them as decor for a small store. Very nice.

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Why others chose the Prickly Pear Cactus

Low maintenance and interesting looking

I love cactus and succulent plants most are easy to care for.