Rare Opuntia Santa Rita 'Baby' Rare Purple Live Dwarf Cactus
This Opuntia 'Rita Baby' is a happy colorful little purple cactus that you’ll love. It's a hard-to-find purple and aqua dwarf prickly pear cactus. The pads turn deep purple in cold temperatures or with increased sun exposure.
Dwarf variety of Opuntia 'Santa Rita', gets 2' tall by 2-3' wide. It will stay even smaller if kept in a pot. Flowers and fruits in Spring / Summer.
You will receive the plant pictured or one almost identical. It is a rooted, well-established cactus currently growing in a 4” container. This cactus ships bare root.
This rare cactus plant turns a deep purple in cold temperatures or extensive sun exposure. Great potted plant - we have ours in a pot, even here in the Southwest.
Cactus should be repotted on a warm day, let the roots settle for a day or two in the shade before watering and moving to more sun.
Handling tips: Wet the pad before planting (keeps the tiny hair-like prickers from flying) and use kitchen tongs - with rubber covers over the tips - to handle the cactus without scarring them while repotting.
|Plant Details and Tips for Proper Care. Research and observe your plant. Adjust these tips as your zone and plant requires.|
|GROWING SEASONS:||Fall, Spring and Summer|
|USDA Hardiness Zones:||6 - 11 (-10 °F to 50 °F)|
|PROPAGATION:||Cuttings or occasional seeds.|
*Transition your plant to sun slowly after transplanting. A few days of bright shade / filtered light and then gradually introduce small amounts of morning sun.
|WATER:||Water when soil is dry to the touch. Will require less water when dormant. Take care not to overwater.|
Your succulent will be wrapped with care and shipped with extra padding in the box. Plants can take 1-5 days to prep for shipping and weather can impact the prep time. We ship as quickly as is safe for your plant.
If you will be experiencing below freezing temperatures, please add a heat pack to your order.
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- Live plants take 1-3 days to prepare for shipping.
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- We are currently shipping Monday-Friday.
- It is safe to ship in winter, we do recommend adding a heat pack if you are experiencing extended freezing temperatures. This protects your plants and ensures they are guaranteed.
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• Hand-selected and inspected to guarantee the highest quality.
• Individually wrapped.
• Labeled to help you keep track of the plant names.
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BARE ROOT SHIPPING
Many of our plants ship bare root. If it's optimal for the plant to ship in a pot, or a pot is included in the listing, this will be specified in the listing.
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UNWRAPPING LIVE PLANTS
Unwrap your plants carefully, succulents easily drop their leaves, it's easy to break branches in the excitement of opening plant mail. Some damaged or broken leaves or branches can occur during shipping. This does not effect the overall health of the plant.
!!PLANT DAMAGE OR HEALTH CONCERNS!!
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-the damaged plant
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*heat packs are available as a separate product.
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Such beautiful cactus!! Came healthy and packaged really well. Such gorgeous plants I received.
Love love love this little lady!!!
Total height is about 4 inches. Base pad is light purple hue with two pads growing from top. Top pads are light green hue. Followed the planting directions and will soon move it to full sun to develop more purple. It is a Christmas gift for a friend so I have plenty of time to enjoy it. Then I’ll have to buy myself one.
ps. Well packed. Read the notes before handling. It is hard to see the spines form this little guy, so removing them from your hand is a painful brail experience.