Opuntia reticulata cobra
Opuntia reticulata cobra is a unique cultivar of the Opuntia species. Like other prickly pear species, it has branching pads. The pad's pattern and growth habit give it its cultivar name, it's shape can actually looks like a cobra standing up.
Most Opuntia species are native to Mexico and southwestern United States, but this monstrose cultivar was first grown in a nursery native to Europe.
Opuntia cobra will grow in full sun to part shade. At least five hours of direct sun a day is ideal.
Opuntia cobra are extremely drought tolerant. Always allow the soil to dry out completely in between waterings then water them thoroughly, fully saturating the soil. If you are unsure whether or not the soil is dry, wait a few days before watering. It is much better to underwater than over water. Excessive moisture can quickly lead to root rot. Always check your local weather before watering indoor arid plants in winter. It is best to water if there is a stretch of sunshine in the forecast.
Opuntia plants are easily propagated by stem cuttings. This plant produces many branching pads that can be separated and potted to grow new plants. Fertilize: These plants do not require much fertilization. To give them a boost during the growing season fertilizer once monthly with a fertilizer formulated specifically for cacti and succulents. Only fertilize during the spring and summer. Cut back on fertilizing entirely during the winter months.
Approx. 4-6" tall and 2-3" at the widest point. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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