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Opuntia 'Microdasys' (Bunny Ear Cactus)

Opuntia 'Microdasys' (Bunny Ear Cactus)

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Appearance: The Bunny Ear Cactus has large, flat, oval to round pads that look a bit like rabbit ears, hence the common name. The pads are typically a bright green color and covered in clusters of small, fuzzy looking yellow or reddish-brown spines called glochids, which can be very irritating to the skin.

Light: Bunny Ear Cactus prefers bright light and can tolerate some direct sun. However, too much intense, direct sunlight can cause sunburn on the pads.

Water: As a cactus, the Bunny Ear is drought-tolerant and prefers the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot. In winter, watering should be reduced significantly as the plant goes into dormancy.

Soil: A well-draining soil mix is crucial to prevent waterlogging. A commercial cactus or succulent soil mix is a good choice. You can also make your own mix using regular potting soil with added coarse sand or perlite.

Temperature: Bunny Ear Cactus prefers average room temperatures, roughly between 65-80°F (18-27°C). It's not frost-tolerant and should be kept in an environment above 50°F (10°C).

Propagation: Bunny Ear Cactus can be propagated by removing one of the "ears" and allowing it to dry for a few days to form a callous over the cut end. The pad can then be placed on top of cactus soil where it will eventually take root.

Pests and Problems: Common problems include soft or discolored pads (usually a sign of overwatering) and pest infestations. It can occasionally be affected by pests such as mealybugs or scale insects.

Remember to handle this plant with care. The small, barbed spines can easily detach and stick into skin, causing irritation. It's a good idea to use gloves or wrap the cactus in layers of newspaper when you need to handle it.

In summary, the Bunny Ear Cactus is a unique and relatively easy-to-care-for houseplant. Its distinct shape and bright color can add a touch of the desert to any indoor space.

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