This Opuntia 'Rita Baby' is a happy colorful little purple cactus that you’ll love having in your collection. 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.
This dwarf variety of Opuntia 'Santa Rita' gets 2' tall by 2-3' wide if planted in the ground. It will stay even smaller if kept in a pot. Flowers beautiful pink blooms in the Spring / Summer.
*The flower picture is for reference to show flower color. It is not likely your cactus will have flower buds at the time of shipping.
This type of cactus makes a great potted plant or xeriscape garden plant. We have our personal plant in a pot, even here in the Southwest. This allows us to move it around if necessary.
About the plant you will recieve.
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.
Tips for Repotting Cactus Plants
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.
Hi and welcome! We hope to add some plant joy to your life!
- Live plants take 3-5 days to prepare for shipping.
- We are currently shipping Monday-Friday.
- It is safe to ship in winter, however we do recommend adding a heat pack if you are experiencing extended freezing temperatures. Heat packs must be added for cold climates Nov - Mar to qualify for the guarantee.
Priority Mail is recommended and guaranteed for all live plant shipments and especially all Hoya shipments. It is faster and the optimal method for shipping. Orders that qualify for free shipping ship via Priority Mail. [[[
HOW YOUR PLANT LOOKS
We can not guarantee that your plant will be in bloom or display the same colors as those pictured. Please allow for some variance amongst live plants. Coloration is determined by individual plant, season, environment and/or care conditions (and even your computer monitor can effect appearance of plants in pictures). Note that our photos were also take under ideal natural lighting conditions.
Carefully check the shipping address you have selected before placing your order. We ship to the shipping address provided. We cannot be responsible for errors or wrong shipping addresses provided with the order.
**Shipping costs are determined by weight and plant size. We do everything we can to keep shipping costs to a minimum for you, ensure our item weight and sizes are correct, and combine for you whenever possible.
Please note we cannot guarantee plant identifications. We give our best effort at accuracy.
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