Light: Bright direct sun. A south-facing or west-facing window is ideal.
Watering: Water your Prickly Pear Cactus sparingly. Soil should be completely dried out between waterings. Water with lukewarm water until you see it flow from the bottom into the saucer. Always empty the saucer of any standing water. In the winter, you may only need to water 1-2 times when the plant is dormant. Avoid splashing water onto the plant.
Temperature: Normal room temperatures between 65-75 degrees. Keep your Prickly Pear Cactus away from sources of direct heat such as radiators as well as fans or drafts that can cause temperatures to fluctuate.
Humidity: Average home humidity.
Toxicity: Non-toxic to pets and children. Be careful of the spines and thorns! When handling a Prickly Pear, it is suggested to use gloves or wrap the plant in something that the spines cannot puncture the skin.
Rusty-colored, corky areas on the stems: suggests overwatering. Cacti should be allowed to dry out completely between watering.
Shriveling up and wrinkling towards the base of your plant: suggest your Prickly Pear is very dry and needs water.