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Opuntia 'Microdasys' (Bunny Ear Cactus)

Opuntia 'Microdasys' (Bunny Ear Cactus)

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Opuntia microdasys, commonly known as the Bunny Ear Cactus or Polka-Dot Cactus, is a distinctive and popular cactus native to Mexico. It's named for its pad-like stems that resemble the shape of rabbit ears, and it's particularly noted for its ease of care and unique appearance. The cactus is covered in small, hair-like glochids, which can detach easily and irritate the skin, so it's advisable to handle this plant with care.

🌿 Botanical Name: Opuntia microdasys

💧 Care Level: Easy. The Bunny Ear Cactus is well-suited to beginners due to its low maintenance requirements.

📏 Size: It can reach up to 2 feet (60 cm) in height, with individual pads growing to about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) long. The plant can spread wide as new pads grow.

☀️ Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade. A location that receives several hours of direct sunlight is ideal. If grown indoors, a south or west-facing window is preferable to ensure it gets enough light.

💧 Water: Water sparingly. The Bunny Ear Cactus is drought-tolerant, requiring water only when the soil has completely dried out. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important to ensure the pot has good drainage and the soil dries between waterings.

💦 Humidity: Low humidity is best, which makes it well-suited to the typical indoor environment. No additional humidity is necessary.

🌡️ Temperature: Prefers warm temperatures, ideally between 70°F to 100°F (21°C to 37°C) during the day. It can tolerate cooler temperatures at night and during the winter but should be protected from frost.

🌱 Soil: Use a well-draining cactus or succulent potting mix. Adding sand or perlite to regular potting soil can improve drainage.

🌱 Fertilizing: Fertilize sparingly, only during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a diluted, balanced, liquid fertilizer designed for cacti and succulents.

🔄 Pruning: Pruning is not necessary for health but can be done to shape the plant or control its size. Use tongs or wear gloves to handle the pads safely.

🍃 Pests and Diseases: Generally resistant to pests and diseases, but watch for signs of overwatering such as soft, yellowing pads. Pests like spider mites and scale insects can occasionally be a problem.

Propagation: Easily propagated from pads. Allow a detached pad to callous over for a few days, then plant it in well-draining soil. Water lightly until roots form.

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