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Joseph's Coat Cactus

  • Opuntia monacantha, more commonly known as Barbary fig, cochineal prickly pear or drooping prickly pear, is native to South America.

    It is an erect fleshy succulent plant that can grow up to 16 feet (5 m) tall. Its big trunk grows flat round-shaped branches at the top with drooping upper branches. Both its trunks and branches have multiple pointy spines of about 1-3 inches (3-7 cm) long that might grow in groups of 2 or 3. Its leaves are small and shed annually.

    O. monacantha produces showy yellow or orange red flowers from late spring to early autumn. Its fruits are green when immature and turn into fleshy purple red berries as they age.

    All of the plants will be shipped bare root.
  • Full sun. Direct sunlight is necessary.

    A very low amount of water is required. Hot and dry atmosphere is best for Opuntia monacantha so overwatering could lead to root rot.

    Porous and well-drained potting soil.

    You can propagate either by cuttings or by seed. 
  • Hardiness: Hardy to 32°F
  • Your plant will be meticulously bubblewrapped and shipped in a sturdy box. Most of the plants will be shipped bare-root to ensure their safety. When opening your package, some soil may be loose in the box. Plant orders are shipped within 3-5 days depending on availability of the plant. We ship our plants Monday through Friday, all twelve months of the year! If you need your order urgently, please message us so we can upgrade your shipping (additional cost applied). Here is our blog about the shipping process and packaging. We do not ship outside of the continental United States.

    *** All of our packages are sterilized before leaving the door.
  • We only ship out beautiful, healthy plants! Please track your package and open it immediately upon arrival. If you receive your package and are not satisfied, please message us immediately. Fragile plants such as bearpaw, baby toe, etc. may break or loose a few of their leaves during transport. Please contact us for replacements if your plants are severely damaged. We'll try our best to accommodate you. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grown in, depending on availability or time of year.
  • Provide porous soil with adequate drainage, pots with drainage hole are recommended. Bright, filtered light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Never let your succulents sit in water. Do NOT water on the leaves. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes. The hotter it is outside, the faster your soil will dry out, so you’ll need to water more often if you live in a hot area. Water with caution in winter, as the plant can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for extended periods; protect from frost to prevent scarring.
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Scott W.
United States United States
Excellent shop

Thanks the cactus is doing very well growing tall in my window sill would buy from this shop again two thumbs up

Cathie K.
United States United States
Joseh's Coat Cactus

It arrived safely. It is happy in its new pot. I love it!

Larry S.
United States United States
very healthy

Plant arrived healthy and in good condition

Susan F.
United States United States
Joseph’s Coat

These are doing well and seem to have new growth.

Gregory P.
United States United States
Awesome Cactus

Great experience. Easy ordering. Shipping was very fast.