Botanical name - opuntia microdasys
Origin - Desert regions of Central and Eastern Mexico
I'm a sucker for the sun so the brighter the better. It builds me up and makes me strong. If you have a empty south facing window ledge I'm your guy.
Think Desert! All cactus like to thrive in dry drought ridden climates, however this doesn't mean we can survive without any water at all. It's more like a drench and drought kind of care that we love.
Let me dry out completely so that when you lift me up I'm nice and light with no moisture in the soil at all. Leave me dry for at least a week in the spring summer season. Then it's time to water me and a lot of it too please. Why not pop me in a sink for an hour to let me soak up what I need then put my back in my normal place. Whatever you do don't leave me in water for days at a time as I will go mushy and rot.
Overwatering is my biggest killer so remember if my soil's not looking dry or I'm heavier than normal to pick up don't give me any water. If you see mould on my soil the spot I'm in is too dark and I would like to see more sun.