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Opuntia ficus-indica

Regular price£35.00

A generally spineless prickly pear species.

Bright / direct lightEasy growerPet friendly

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Plant Bio

Opuntia ficus-indica is part of the Cactaceae family and its native range is Mexico. It is a succulent shrub or tree and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome. This species is considered important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. Cladodes are narrowly to broadly obovate, oblong or spatulate-oblong, they are flattened yet thick and succulent. The epidermis is green, very thick and waxy, making it very water repellent and sun reflecting.

Genus is named for the Ancient Greek city of Opus, where, according to Theophrastus, an edible plant grew and could be propagated by rooting its leaves. 

Pot: ø 18cm.

Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot.

Light: Provide this Opuntia with full sun, you should grow it in a place that receives bright, filtered sunlight during the day. 

Water: Allow the potting mix to dry out completely between waterings, aerate the mix with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.

Potting mix: Cactus Focus repotting mix or a well draining potting mix containing coco coir, gravel, horticultural sand and perlite. 

Fertilising: Feed using a cactus specific fertiliser.

Temperature: Up to 38°C in summer and winter temperatures between  7-13°C.

Humidity: Average home humidity is fine. 


Although this plant is non-toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children as the spines can be painful and irritating.

Delivery & Returns


Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected.  We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.

Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.

​Shipping & Delivery

We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.

We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.

We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer. 


We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt.  We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.

If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.

To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.

We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.

Caring for your new leafy green friends

Dry Out

Dry Out

Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.



Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.



I need light to survive. Please give me light!

Cold Spots

Cold Spots

I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.

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