Sun: full sun
Water: Typical water needs for a succulent
Temperature: Zone 11a from 40° F to 45° F (4.4 ° C to 7.2° C)
Winter Survival: Not cold hardy
Propagation: stem cuttings, seeds
Flower: In the Spring
Toxic: Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
Space Requirement: Outdoors
Common Problems: No major pests, Plants may rot if overwatered
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Basc Care for Opuntia macrocentra
You can water your succulent more than often in extreme conditions but make sure that the soil is completely dry before watering your succulent again.
Can you water your succulent more than what its need? The answer is yes and no. In extreme conditions, you can water your plants more often when you notice the soil is completely dry.
Only feed this succulent during its active growing seasons which means spring and fall. Use the right fertilizer applied in the right amounts. Applying half-strength balanced fertilizer every month or so is recommended for optimal results.
Do not fertilize during winter as the plant is dormant.
Sun & Location Requirements for "Black-spined Pricklypear, Purple Pricklypear"
Opuntia macrocentra needs at least six hours of direct sunlight every day in order to be healthy and happy. Place your succulent outdoors or near a sunny window, and check its leaves regularly – they should be bright green and firm. If the leaves start to look weak or pale, it's an indication that the succulent isn't getting enough sun.
In order to ensure that Opuntia macrocentra survives the winter, insulation and drainage are essential. A layer of mulch or gravel around the plant can help keep the roots warm during cold temperatures. Furthermore, avoiding exposure to wind and sun can reduce the risk of frost damage and promote longevity for your succulent.
Any succulents in the group will need a large space to grow. You should place your pot outdoor. Since this plant needs a lot of space than other succulents, you should consider not planting them together with other succulents/plants.
Propagating Opuntia macrocentra by stem cuttings is a simple process that requires very few supplies. Start by selecting healthy stems from existing plants that are at least two inches long and have several leaves attached.
Opuntia macrocentra propagates easily from seeds, however it's important to look for healthy ones which are plump, dark in color and slightly sticky when touched. To start the propagation process, mix a soil mixture with well-draining potting mix then sow the seeds evenly and press them lightly into the surface. Finally, water the soil using a spray bottle and place it in bright but indirect light to ensure germination.
Opuntia macrocentra is generally thought to be non-toxic for humans and animals. However, it is important to note that certain parts of the plant may contain toxins which can cause mild skin irritation if ingested or touched. For this reason, the plant should always be kept away from children and pets.
Pests and Diseases
Opuntia macrocentra is not affected too much by common pests and diseases like most of the other succulents.
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