How to care for your Opuntia Vulgaris?
Opuntia species are one of those type of plants that love to be in direct sunlight. Do you have a southern or western facing window sill? That’s exactly what the Opuntia likes! From about June to September you can place your Opuntia Vulgaris even outside on the terrace or balcony.
Taking care of a cacti species is very easy. A bit of loving neglect is the perfect way to describe its care. In from spring to the end of summer water your Opuntia Vulgaris about once every 3 or 4 weeks. Let the soil dry out completely before watering again. In wintertime watering can be even less.
Opuntia Vulgaris does well in a good draining soil. You can of course get a pre-made cacti soil from the garden center, or you can create your own. At least use a quality potting soil with perlite and perhaps even some sand. Most sucullents and cacti will also do well in a pon mixture or grit mixture.
As for the humidity you don’t need to do anything special for your Opuntia. These plants will be fine in any house hold or office conditions. Opuntia and other cacti actually don’t like it when the humidity is too high.
In the growing season you can fertilize your plant without a problem. The rest of the year it’s not needed to fertilize your plant. Always check the care instructions before using the product.
The best time to repot is during the beginning of the growing season. When you repot your plant it’s best to use a new pot which is 20% bigger. This will give the roots some space to continue to grow. Repotting can be done every two years.
Opuntia are considered slightly toxic to both human and animals when ingested.