The bunny ear cactus (Opuntia microdasys) is a popular houseplant that is not only attractive but is also low-maintenance.
Native to Mexico, Opuntia microdasys is known by several common names angel’s wings cactus, and polka dot cactus.
But don’t be fooled by these cute nicknames, while the bunny ear cactus might look less threatening than other cacti varieties with large and intimidating spikes, this cactus is just as prickly.
Each white “dot” on the surface of this cactus is actually a glochid, which are patches of hundreds of small spines that can easily dislodge in the skin.
Thus, take care when handling this cactus, and use protective gloves if necessary.
The flowers emerge from the top edges of the pads in April and May. The yellow flowers appear only rarely.
|Plant Height||4 inch (10 cm)|
|Plant Spread||3 inch (8 cm)|
|Common Name||Bunny ears, Angels wings, golden-bristle cactus, polka-dot cactus.|
|Maximum Reachable Height||Up to 3 to 4 ft|
|Bloom Time||April to May|
|Difficulty Level||Easy to grow|
Planting And Care
- Keep in a bright sunny location.
- Try not to water the leaves, give water to soil only.
- Avoid overwatering as the roots may get rot.
- Water the plant in a morning, between 8 to 10 am.
- Avoid keeping in suffocated areas or in dark room.
- While, re-potting or propagating try not to disturb the roots.
Bunny Ear Cactus Care
Re-pot when the plant performs clump and goes beyond the pot size. It should be done before or after the rainy season and in the spring season.
Re-pot with the following proportions:3 parts of potting soil,1 part of grit (pumice),1 part of the horticultural-grade sand,1/2 part of the compost etc.
Sunlight Full sun, partial sun, at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight per day. Watering Low for the rainy season, Moderate for winter, More than moderate for a summer Soil Avoid excess organic contents in the soil. Temperature Ideal: 22 to 35 degrees C Fertilizer No need much. A peat-based compost should not be used.
Bunny Ear Cactus Special Feature
Survivals and growers of the summer.
Bunny Ear Cactus Uses
- Opuntia Microdasys also used as the ornamental plant