Opuntia microdasys is from the Cactaceae family and its native range is Mexico. It is usually low and much branched, in it's natural environment it can reach up to 1 metre high. Cladodes are covered in yellow glochids; when dislodged they can be very irritating to the skin so be careful when handling this plant.
Pot: 17cm diameter
Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Up to 38°C in summer and winter temperatures between 7-13°C - this will aid flowering.
Light: Bright direct light all year except winter, when this plant needs to be moved to a place with partial sun.
Watering: Water in spring and summer, allowing the substrate to dry out between waterings, do not water in winter.
Air humidity: Low humidity; 10-30%
Fertilising: Feed monthly during spring summer - dilute fertiliser to half the recommended dosage.
Potting mix: A very fast draining cactus potting mix.
This plant is considered non-toxic, however glochids are irritating to the skin.