Opuntia Engelmannii is also known as the ‘Engelmann Prickly Pear’. As the plant matures you can expect to see a green to dark green peddle shaped pads that are the dominant feature of the cacti. This cacti has several small spines all around the pads. Expect it to produce red to pink looking fruits.
Care and Propagation Information
Opuntia Engelmannii ‘Engelmann Prickly Pear’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care off. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Engelmann Prickly healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.
General Care for Opuntia Engelmannii ‘Engelmann Prickly Pear’
This succulent type is known to be egg-shaped and fleshy. It is a nice addition to your outside garden!
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- Prefers full sun
- Can be grown outdoor
- Grows 30 cm (12″) tall
- Grows up to 3,5 cm (1″) wide
- Can die easily if overwatered see: How to Water Succulent Plants
- Does not handle cold well
- Prefers Zone 9a-11b -6.7 °C (20 F)
- Best propagated by seeds
Where to Plant
Opuntia Engelmannii ‘Engelmann Prickly Pear’ succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.
This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 9a-11b which is around -6.7 °C (20 °F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Engelmann Prickly Pear in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.
How to Propagate Opuntia Engelmannii ‘Engelmann Prickly Pear’
Engelmann Prickly can be propagated by seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store.
Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.
How to Propagate Opuntia Engelmannii ‘Engelmann Prickly Pear’ Using Seeds
This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.
Origin and Habitat
Engelmannii Prickly Pear is known to be native to south-central and Southwestern United States as well as the northern parts of Mexico.