Prickly pear (Opuntia spp.) Is a flexible landscape plant that’s at home during U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3b through 11, based on the species. These cactuses are among the easiest to start from cuttings — when your prickly pear stand or houseplant requires thinning, you can readily plant the cutoffs as gifts for gardening friends. Prickly pears need little in the means of care while their origins form, so resist the urge to water them right away.
Catch the prickly pear cuttings to dry for around a week to help prevent issues with infection. Examine the area where you separated the cutting from the adult plant frequently, once a thick callus has formed, it is ready to plant.
Mix a developing medium composed of 50 percent peat and 50 percent perlite. Fill a pot slightly larger than the cutting with the mixture. Water the pot many times, letting it drain completely between waterings, to correctly moisten the peat. Place the pot aside overnight to drain fully.
Use your finger to create an opening in the soil about the width of the widest part of this cutting and deep enough to bury one-third to one-half of it below the surface, oriented vertical. Grasp the cutting with kitchen tongs and set it carefully in the hole. Firm the soil around the cutting edge.
Place the pot featuring the cutting edge in a plastic bag and seal it around the rim with a rubber band, if necessary. Put the pot in a bright indoor place out of direct sunlight. Notice the cutting attentively for the next two months for signs of new development, indicating roots have formed. Remove the plastic bag once roots are present.