Bunny ear cactus (Opuntia microdasys) Care & info

Opuntia microdasys naturally occurs in dry areas in Mexico with little water or humidity and plenty of sun. Mature plants can form large, dense shrubs.

Planting Opuntia Microdasys

(Re)planting your bunny ear cactus is similar to planting other cacti. Imitating the natural environment is the easiest way to make sure you’re potting them correctly.


Use a special cactus soil mix or make your own by mixing one part potting soil with one part perlite or sand.

If you already have an Opuntia microdasys cactus and want to propagate it, you can easily do so by carefully breaking off one of the pads. Prepare a pot with a very gritty soil mixture and carefully insert the pad.

Watering Opuntia Microdasys

Contrary to what many new cactus keepers think, these desert plants do require regular watering, at least during the summer.

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