The Opuntia Burbank Spinesless formed as its own variety of Prickly Pear when the Mexican Prickly Pear (Opuntia tuna) and the Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica) were cross pollinated. This California hybrid grows splendidly across coastal and inland areas of Australia.
Cactus Vision reminds you that some varieties of Prickly Pears are prohibited in the country for trade. Thanks to a successful biological control program, this variety is permitted to share and own, here in NSW.
Like most of our followers, our team are obsessed with this species of prickly pear. The Spinless Burbank is the most attractive version of the prickly pear (in our humble opinion). They offer little difficulty to handle compared to their relatives, as mature paddles commonly lose their spines.
Each round paddle stands 40-45cm tall when mature and showcases a gorgeous pale blue or greyish green skin. The more sun these are exposed to, the greener they become.
In the ground, these cacti will grow as big as you let them, expect to see 3-6 paddles form each season. Pruning is easy to do yourself with a sharp serrated knife or saw.
Although many understand that the Burbank Prickly Pear requires little maintenance, it is important to note that their skin can suffer from sunburn in warmer months, in full day sun. This damage is completely cosmetic, however in most cases, easily avoidable with adequate watering - concactus for care tips!
Cactus Vision does not suggest this species for indoor use UNLESS you have full day direct sunlight available, positioning this species in insufficient light will cause health concerns months down the track.
Burbank Prickly Pear "Spineless"
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WATER: Water generously when soil is dry in Autumn/Summer/Spring, seldom in Winter.
OUTDOORS: Absolutely, position your plant in half day sun, a bright shaded area or full day sun. We recommend watering plants in full day sun more frequently in the peak of Summer (biweekly - weekly); this regular watering over summer helps prevent sunburn in extreme weather.
INDOORS: This plant is comfortable in EXTREMELY sunlit indoor areas - preferably close to a window ( 4+ hours of direct sun on a sunny day)
NB: The most affordable and efficient way to measure if it is time to water your cacti is by using a moisture meter. When the meter reads “DRY” its time to water again. Remember, over watering Cacti is the main cause of death.Head to our online store to buy your water meter today!