Tips for Care - Prickly Pear Cactus (Nagfani)
Also known as Prickly Pear Cactus, Cactus Nagfani is a member of the family Cactaceae. Most species of cacti have lost true leaves, retaining only spines, which are highly modified leaves. Nagfani cactus is amongst the easiest plants to grow. It can thrive under any condition and adapts to a variety of climates.
Potting- Can grow in any soil. The ideal potting mix is one with good drainage. For potting mix, use 1 /3rd part each of compost, garden soil, and coarse sand or perlite. Also, a combination of gardening soil, perlite, vermiculite, coco chips & Vermi-compost will be ideal.
Watering Requirement – Minimal watering is required, once a week in summer and every 30 days in winter. Let the soil dry up before the next watering. The plant is dormant in winter; hence either do very minimal watering or avoid watering altogether.
Light Requirement – Direct sunlight is best as the plant needs sufficient sunlight to grow. Even though the plants might go through a period of dormancy in winter, they still need light to survive and thrive.
Propagation – It is a very hardy plant & even if thrown in mud can grow automatically.
Fertilization – If required, use liquid fertilizer once a year during the growing season, i.e., summers.
General Tips - Survives in any condition except for very cold (-10 Degree Celsius or below). Cactus juice has medicinal value and has anti-diabetic properties, and provides micronutrients like Calcium & Magnesium.
Plant Size: 2 inches to 7inch
Plant Spread: 2 inches to 4 inch
Common name(s): Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia Ficus Indica