Opuntia Sunburst Variegata Cochineal Nopal Cactus
(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Opuntia Sunburst Variegata is native to Mexico and is well known for its common name “Cochineal Nopal Cactus”. This plant's botanical name is ‘Sunburst’ and it grows up to 50 cm in height. Belonging to the Cactaceae family, this cactus does not occur naturally in the wild and grows in the nursery.
The growth rate of the Nopal cactus is fast.
These plants flower in late spring and early summer in the vibrant pink shade.
Water and Feeding/Fertilizer
Opuntia Sunburst Variegata does not require much water and fertilizer to grow. Fertilize only during the spring and summer seasons. Avoid fertilizing during the winters.
These cacti prefer a gritty, sharply draining mix of soil. Use a cactus soil mix with sand and fine pumice up to 50% to improve texture and drainage.
The hardiness of Opuntia Sunburst Variegata is 5, with a frost tolerance of 32° F (0° C).
This variety of Opuntia needs Full sun to partial shade. At least five hours of direct sunlight is required to grow the Nopal cactus.
It is easy to propagate this cactus by stem cuttings.
Opuntia Sunburst Variegata is a beautiful plant from the Cactaceae family. If you are looking to grow a cactus in your garden, it is the best option to choose.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Frost Tolerance||32f (0°c)|
|Growth Rate||Fast growth|
|Scientific Name||Opuntia sunburst variegata|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun to partial shade|