How to grow Opuntia microdasys

Written by Maggie

Nov 12 2020

How to grow Opuntia microdasys

The breeding method of Opuntia microdasys is to water properly every time to avoid accumulation of water. Ensure adequate sunlight and provide shade protection for Opuntia microdasys in summer. During the growth period of Opuntia microdasys, apply compound fertilizer once a week to make adequate nutrient supplements. It is also necessary to control the ambient temperature between 20 and 25°C, and move the Opuntia microdasys indoors for maintenance in winter. The leaves will be frostbitten at low temperatures.

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Opuntia microdasys

1. Watering

As the temperature rises in summer, Opuntia microdasys has a greater demand for water, so it needs to be watered in time to replenish water. It can be watered at a frequency of once every two days to ensure that the soil is moist. Choose morning and evening watering at a suitable temperature to promote root absorption. Opuntia microdasys is not tolerant to waterlogging. Avoid standing water that can cause root rot.

2. Light

Opuntia microdasys likes plenty of light. Keep it in a ventilated and bright place to ensure that the leaves are continuously photosynthesized and will gradually grow. In summer, the sunlight is strong, and proper shade protection is needed. Strong sunlight can cause sunburn on the leaves of Opuntia microdasys. In winter, there is not enough light and can be maintained outdoors.

3. Fertilize

Opuntia microdasys likes loose and fertile soil. As a desert plant, to ensure the air permeability of the soil, you can add sand and sand to drain the soil during the rainy season. During the growing season of Opuntia microdasys, sufficient nutrients are required. Compound fertilizer can be applied once a week to promote the growth and flowering of Opuntia microdasys.

Opuntia microdasys

4. Matters needing attention

The suitable growth temperature of Opuntia microdasys is between 20~25℃, and the temperature rises in summer. You can spray water in the air and the surface of leaves to cool down and moisturize. In winter, the temperature decreases, and the temperature below 5°C will cause the Opuntia microdasys to be frostbite. It needs to be moved indoors for maintenance. In winter, the temperature decreases and it is necessary to reduce watering.