Bunny Ears Cactus Care

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Basic Bunny Ears Cactus Care

Loved for their flat pad-like leaves, and lack of long sharp spikes, Bunny Ears Cacti make for a great houseplant. Below you will find our complete Bunny Ears Cactus Care Guide with all the tips and information you need to help your plant thrive.

Bright Direct Light

I thrive in bright areas of your home so am best placed near a window.

Water Infrequently

I can be quite sensitive to root rot so be careful not to overwater me.

Low Humidity

I grow best in pretty dry environments so don’t try and increase the humidity.

Draining Soil

I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.

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Detailed Bunny Ears Cactus Care

Whether you're looking to make sure your Bunny Ears Cactus is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Bunny Ears Cacti love sunshine

The best spot for a Bunny Ears Cactus is somewhere that gets bright, direct sunlight for several hours each day. South-facing windows are the best and they may struggle in a north-facing spot.


They don't require much water

As with most cacti, your Bunny Ears Cactus doesn’t need much water at all. The roots are adapted to catch even the slightest bit of water meaning too much water can quickly lead to root rot.

They thrive in warmer temperatures

Although having a home that is slightly cooler doesn’t mean you could never have a Bunny Ears Cactus, remember that they do grow better, and produce flowers in warmer temperatures.

Quick drainage is key

Due to the danger of root rot, you want to ensure that the soil and the pot have good drainage. Make sure the pot has sufficient drainage holes (and that they aren’t blocked) and add some perlite to the potting mix to increase the water flow.

Fertiliser can encourage growth and flowering

We recommend diluting the fertiliser to avoid damaging the roots and plant. Also do not fertilise your Bunny Ears Cactus during the dormant winter period or if you have recently repotted it.

Repot your Bunny Ears Cactus every other year

To avoid the plant becoming too rot-bound, we recommend repotting a Bunny Ears Cactus every year or two. Make sure to choose a pot only a few centimetres larger in diameter so that the plant doesn’t become unstable in its new home.

Propagate a Bunny Ears Cactus using leaf cuttings

You can easily propagate your Bunny Ears Cactus by breaking off one of the pads and potting it a few centimetres into the soil. Water regularly for about 6 months to encourage roots to form.

They prefer dry air

As with most Cacti types, the Bunny Ear Cactus thrives in low humidity. You can find out more about humidity levels in our humidity guide.

Keep your Bunny Ears Cactus away from pets

Although the cactus itself is not toxic to pets, cacti should be kept well away from them due to their thorns which can cause irritation when touched or swallowed.

Bunny Ears Cactus Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Bunny Ears Cactus .

Common Problems with your Bunny Ears Cactus

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

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Stunted growth in a Bunny Ears Cactus can be caused by watering issues, either too much or too little. Check the moisture in the soil and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Browning on your Bunny Ears Cactus can be caused by overwatering, pest infestation or a drop in temperature.

White patches are a sign of mealybugs and brown scabs on the pads of your Bunny Ears Cactus are a sign of scale insects. Treat all pests with alcohol using a cotton bud.

This is a sign that you have been overwatering. We recommend removing the parts of the pads that are brown and changing the soil out immediately.

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