The 'Bunny Ears' Cactus Comes In A Cute Shape That Lives Up To Its Name

I'm the type of person who always found it hard to keep plants alive. I dunno why that is— I guess some of us just aren't born with a green thumb.

If you find yourself in the same predicament, I've got good news for you. The best plants for people like us are cactus. They're easy to grow and if they look as cute as these, then all the better.

If you're on the lookout for an adorable cactus to add to your collection look no further than the 'Opuntia Microdasys'.

It's commonly known as a 'Bunny Ears Cactus' because of its thornless, flat and circular pads. Isn't it irresistible?

This small but mighty cactus can grow up to three feet tall and about six feet wide when planted outdoors.

What's interesting about this plant species is that it doesn't actually develop regular spines. Instead, it grows what's called glochids.

Glochids are hair-like spines or short prickles, generally barbed, found on the areoles of some cacti species like 'Bunny Ears'.

They can easily detach from the plant and lodge themselves in the skin thus causing irritation upon contact, so beware.

Since this plant is native to Mexico it will do best if you mimic its native conditions.

Therefore, it would be preferable to grow this plant in a dry, low humidity home. It also likes plenty of natural sunlight to prosper.

You should consider picking a south-facing spot in your house with an unobstructed window.

That way your new cactus friend will get all the sun exposure it will need. If you don't have enough sun in your house don't despair.

There are ways around this.

You can get yourself a cool white fluorescent tube and place the plant 6 -12 inches underneath it. Then, keep it on for about 14-16 hours a day to give the cactus enough light.

Although it might be hard to accomplish, the 'Bunny Ears Cactus' can produce flowers.


They're usually up to two inches wide with a creamy shade of yellow. And get this, they're actually followed by globe-shaped purple fruits. Wow, sounds amazing.

Even though this cactus can tolerate indoor summer temperatures up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit it does need cooler temperatures to bloom.

It also needs a good draining soil to grow properly. It's best to keep it in a clay pot with draining holes.

I think this is a great cactus choice for someone who is venturing into indoor plants.

It's easy to grow and maintain and also looks pretty dang good if you ask me. I think I gotta look for one ASAP.

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