Cactus fruits - how delicious! Those who like to harvest without effort to invest in the care, is right with the frugal fig cacti (Opuntia ficus indica). The egg-sized, orange-peeled fruit tastes mild as papaya. The shell is everted and pulled off like a stocking.
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Compared to the prickly pear (Opuntia robusta), the ovate leaves of the real prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) are 20-60cm long and 10-25cm wide and relatively large. He belongs to the spiny prickly pear species. The bright yellow or pink flowers are large and very attractive, which gives them its name. In autumn they produces eatable spiny fruits which have a dark red to violet skin when fully ripe. To eat them peel the spikes like a stocking. The seeds are embedded in the soft, juicy, refreshing, mild-tasting flesh. The prickly pear is not hardy in winter and should be kept inside. Because the prickly pear cactus has adapted to dry locations, it should not be in direct rain, rather covered and protected from rain.

punkt_gruen.gif Quality: easy care cactus; dry and heat compatible

punkt_gruen.gif Usage: in pots from April to October outside od balcony, terrace and in the garden - during wintering in the house; yearlong in just frost-free winter gardens; planted in the garden with winter protection.



Professional care tips for
Opuntia ficus-indica - prickly pear

+++ Help with care in the pot, as a container plant on the balcony and terrace, in the conservatory or in the garden +++ Detailed care description of FLORA TOSKANA +++ 

Location in the summer: Full sun. Heat desired. Rain protected.

Location in the winter: Dry, light and cool at 5 ° C (+/- 5 ° C). Short-term minimum temperature -5 ° C.

Care in the summer: The water requirement is low. In sunny weather pour around every 3 days, less often in bad weather. If pouring is too less, the Opuntia will survive, but they do not grow. The nutrient requirement is low: Fertilize with cactus fertilizer (dosage according to the manufacturer).

Care in the winter: Do watering the prickly pears more less starting in September and keeping them dry from October to March / April.

Cut: Not applicable.

Repot: The opuntia have to repot only at an interval of several years. Use cactus soil.

 Problems, Vermin, Plant protection: Rarely infested with mealybug. The problem is often too much watering, causing root rot.

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Data sheet

North America
Flowering period
Color of flowers
Edible fruits
Full sun
winter temperature
8 (±5)°C
Minimum temperature
-5 °C
Hardiness Zones
4 - 5 m