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Opuntia ‘Orange Chiffon’

This frost-hardy cactus grows tall and wide in a large shrub. The green cactus pad turns purple in the cold. Watch for orange flowers in the spring.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 2 ft (61 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 4 ft (1.2 m) wide

  • Zone 5a (Minimum -20°F | -28.8° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by cuttings

  • Generally non-toxic to people and pets. Be careful around spines

  • Winter dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Opuntia ‘Orange Chiffon'

Opuntia ‘Orange Chiffon' is a great shrub-like cactus, creating natural barriers in your yard.

Watering

Opuntia ‘Orange Chiffon' is winter dormant, and should receive less water during that time. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

‘Orange Chiffon' is frost tolerant to -20°F (-28.8°C). It does well in full to partial sun.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

How to Propagate Opuntia ‘Orange Chiffon'

To grow Opuntia ‘Orange Chiffon' from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Learn more about propagating cactus pads safely in this post.