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The Bunny Ear Plant: A Complete Guide and Care Tips
Are you looking for a unique and cute plant to add to your garden? Look no further than the bunny ear plant, also known as the Opuntia microdasys.
This adorable cactus is native to Mexico and has become a popular choice for both outdoor gardens and indoor houseplants.
In this article, we’ll provide a complete guide on how to care for your bunny ear plant.
Appearance of Bunny Ear Plant
The bunny ear cactus gets its name from its appearance – it looks like two fuzzy rabbit ears! The leaves are actually flattened pads that resemble ears with tiny thorns along their edges.
The plant can grow up to 2 feet tall, but usually stays much smaller when grown as an indoor houseplant.
Care Tips for Bunny Ear Plant
- Light: The bunny ear plant thrives in full sun but can also do well in partial shade.
If growing indoors, place it near a bright window.
- Soil: Use well-draining soil specifically formulated for cacti or succulents.
An ideal mix should contain perlite or sand mixed with potting soil.
- Watering: Water your bunny ear plant once every 7-10 days during the growing season (spring through fall).
During winter months reduce watering frequency by half.
- Fertilizer:Bunny ears don’t require fertilizers due to their minimal needs because they absorb nutrients via photosynthesis
- Grooming:If you notice any dead parts of the plants then removing them will improve overall health of plants
Pests & Diseases
The bunny ear plant is generally healthy and not susceptible to many pests or diseases, but may be prone to mealybugs.
You can propagate the bunny ear cactus from pads you cut off the mother plant.
It’s best to wait until these pads have calloused over (taken on a scabby appearance) before planting them in soil.
By following our care tips, your bunny ear plant will thrive and delight you with its unique appearance for years to come.