Prickly Prickly Pear Cactus - How To Get It Through The Cold Season

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Anyone who has prickly pears in the garden has to bring them to the house in winter. After all, they are not hardy. On top of that, they also need a little care.

Prickly pears have to spend the winter in the house

When the summer comes to an end and the first frosty nights are imminent, your prickly pear cactus must leave its outdoor location. The tropical plant descends all life functions in the cold season. To make sure the cactus (Opuntia) survives the winter months well and grows nicely next year, a few precautions are important.

In warm countries, the climatic conditions for the prickly pear cactus are ideal. However, if it is kept in northern countries with frosty winters, it needs a suitable place to spend the winter. The plant completely stops growing at low temperatures. After the winter, the Opuntie shows up again very vigorous. The most important condition is the protection against temperatures below zero. The prickly pear tolerates short forest quarries, but in winter it must not stand outside permanently. The optimum temperature is between zero and six degrees.

That's what winter quarters should look like

The wintering area should not only be warm but also bright and well ventilated. Dark basements or heated living rooms are best avoided, as the prickly pear quickly starts to rot in stifling air. A hibernation in a so-called cold greenhouse or an unheated conservatory would be ideal. Incidentally, the move to a cool room is also good for the Opuntia, who usually stand on the windowsill in the living room.

In winter, the cactus hardly needs water

Before the plant moves to winter quarters, pour it vigorously again. During hibernation, the prickly pear scarcely needs more water. Only when the substrate feels properly dried out do you supply the plant with just a few drops of water. Use rainwater, stale tap water, or filtered water to pour.

➤ By the way:

If the cactus shrinks during the winter due to lack of water, that's no problem. As soon as it gets brighter and warmer in spring, you can water more, so that the plant tightens again. Reading tip: Pouring and fertilizing the prickly pear - That's how it's done.

Slowly get used to the heat after the winter

Do not put the prickly pear in a warmer place immediately after hibernation. A change of habituation makes the change easier for the plant. Increase the temperature gradually, for example by regular ventilation during the warmer hours of the day. The rest are done by the rays of the sun, which regain their strength in spring. Incidentally, the same slow change does the prickly pear well at the beginning of winter.


  • choose dry, frost-free parking space
  • pay attention to brightness and ventilation
  • pour little or no
  • ideal temperature range between zero and six degrees
  • Gradually get used to warmer temperatures after hibernation

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