Cactus - Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia Humifusa) Opuntia Cacti Eastern Prickle Pear Cactus

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Cactus - Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia Humifusa) Opuntia Cacti Eastern Prickle Pear Cactus


Height 2 to 3 ft

Did you know that there are 3 species of Native Cactus in Canada? And, they are extremely rare, and endangered, and can be found in Western Canada as well as in Ontario, embracing both snow and ice, unaffected by our freezing temperatures!

The Eastern Prickly Pear, is a perennial, low-spreading cactus that has round flat green stems with clusters of barbed bristles and a width of 1 to 4 ft. It produces fascinating yellow flowers with red centres, blooming in June and July. Excellent choice for xeriscaping! Great for containers and rockeries. Great terrarium project for kids. 

Note: always wear gloves - the Opuntia cacti has tiny spines (to protect from grazing animals and excessive transpiration), somewhat bothersome - wear gloves when handling. 

  • Full Sun
  • Soil: dry/sand.
  • Opuntia is one of the cacti that has a tough seed coat and will germinate more quickly if the seed surface is abraded and soaked. Scarify the seed, making a small opening, with sandpaper, a small knife, or your fingernail. Soak in lukewarm water for a few days, changing the water daily.
  • Stratify by placing in soil in the freezer or outdoor cold for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • After the completion of these steps, plant your seeds into a moist, well-draining seed starting mix and cover. Do not plant deeply.
  • Germination: 41 days
  • Maturity 50 to 55 days
  • Harvest: Seeds form in the blooms of the cactus. Remove flowers as they fade and place these in a small paper bag. You’ll find the seeds when the flowers have totally dried up. Keep in a cool dark place or in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Seed Count: 5