Opuntia Microdasys Rufida Bunny cacti The Polka-dot Cactus

Opuntia Microdasys Rufida Gold Bunny Ears Cactus 16cm

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 Opuntia Microdasys Rufida, commonly known as the "Bunny Ears Cactus," is a unique and visually striking cactus species.

Opuntia microdasys rufida has gained popularity as an ornamental cactus due to its charming appearance and distinctive bunny ear-like pads. It is often cultivated as a houseplant or included in succulent gardens and desert-themed landscapes. The cactus's unique visual appeal and minimal care requirements make it a popular choice among cactus enthusiasts and plant lovers alike.

Opuntia microdasys rufida has distinctive characteristics that set it apart from other cacti. The cactus consists of flat, oval-shaped pads that resemble bunny ears, which gives it its popular name. These pads are typically green in color and covered with tiny, hair-like prickles called glochids. The glochids are yellow or reddish-brown in hue, providing an interesting visual contrast.

Unlike many other cactus species, Opuntia microdasys rufida lacks prominent spines. Instead, it has numerous glochids that look like soft, fuzzy hairs covering its pads. Caution should still be exercised when handling the cactus as the glochids can cause irritation upon contact with the skin.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Toxicity: Non toxic to human and animals - but it may iritate the skin with its spikes.

Plant Supplied in nursery plastic potØ - 6 cm x h - 5 cm (decorative pot is not included)