Opuntia Microdasys Albata Angel's Wings Polka dot Cactus 17cm
Opuntia Microdasys Albata is also known as the Bunny Ear Cactus, Angel's Wings or the Polka Dot cactus.The plant doesn't have spines but does has barbed tiny hairs that will detach very easily. Produces lemon yellow flowers which are 3-5cm in diameter, followed by red fruits.
Temperature: This cactus enjoys temperatures ranging from 70-100°F (21-37°C), but demands cooler temperatures during the winter months.
Starting in the late fall, this cactus should be kept between 50-65°F (10-18°C), and away from central heating vents.
The cooler spell is demanded over the course of the entire winter, during which time the segments of cactus will turn a light gray color.
Failure to provide these controlled winter conditions will result in plant death the following spring.
Light: Demands full light growing for most of the year, except during the winter cycle. For the plant's health, light should be reduced to partial sun during this time.
Watering: The Polka-dot Cactus is a desert species. It should be given water on a regular basis during its first season in a new pot. This will help it to create a strong root system. The soil should be kept moist, but not soggy. After the first season, more sporadic watering is required. During the winter cycle, the cactus should not be watered at all, with watering to resume in the early spring.
Soil: Like most cacti, this specimen demands sandy soil-bases that drain easily. It is usually happy with the pre-packaged cactus soil found in common hardware stores. To increase drainage for a picky plant, mix in a 1:1 ratio of perlite or bark.
Fertilizer: Monthly feeding of low nitrogen fertilizer. Fertilization should stop one month before the planned winter cycle for the plant's health.
Re-Potting: Re-potting should take place in the summer, after the year's bloom has finished. Remember to water the plant regularly to promote the growth of a healthy root system during its first year in the new pot.
Humidity: Prefers low humidity conditions. Consider running a dehumidifier in the room where the cactus lives to provide it with the most ideal conditions possible.
Toxicity: Non toxic to human and animals - but it may iritate the skin with its spikes.
You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase.
Plant Supplied in nursery plastic pot : Ø - 6 cm x h - 7 cm