Plant Care: How to Grow Prickly Pear

Plant Type
Fruiting Cactus

Harvest Season
Spring - Summer

Mature Size
Up to 10 ft. tall and 15 feet wide

Soil & Moisture
Dry, sandy, well-draining soil. Thrives in a cactus soil blend or even rough pumice.

Light Requirements
Full Sun

Self-Fertile
No, Needs 2+ Varieties to Fruit

Growth Rate


Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 7-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation