Opuntia Microdasys Albata “Angel Wing” Care & Buying Guide

Opuntia Microdasys Albata


Light requirementsHigh
Water requirementsLow
Ease of careEasy
SizeVery large
Temperature resistanceMildly frost-hardy
Growth speedSlow
Indoor growingSuitable


Taking Care Of Opuntia Microdasys Albata “Angel Wing”

Ideal conditions

If you want your Opuntia Microdasys Albata “Angel Wing” to unveil its full beauty, then keep it outdoors. Here, the cactus will have easy access to direct sunlight. Besides, if planted in the ground, this cactus will be more likely to reach its 4-6 feet natural height.

You may also keep this cactus indoors in a pot, but don’t expect it to get as magnificent as it would outdoors.


Opuntia Microdasys Albata “Angel Wing” has typical water needs for a cactus – you should only water it when its soil is dry to the touch. Cacti in general are very sensitive to overwatering, and Opuntia Microdasys Albata “Angel Wing” is no exception – too much water will likely lead to root rot in this cactus.

In winter, suspend watering the Angel Wind cactus – dormant in winter, this cactus doesn’t require much water to survive. 

Where to plant

Plant your Opuntia Microdasys Albata “Angel Wing” in a fast-draining cactus potting mix to make sure that no water accumulates around the roots of the plant. For additional drainage, you may add mineral grit (e.g. perlite, pumice, or coarse sand) in a 1:1 ratio to the potting mix.

If you are intending to keep this cactus in a pot, then choose a pot that has large drainage holes at the bottom.

With that said, be mindful that pot planting isn’t optimal if you want this cactus to get big. When planted in the ground, the roots will not be restricted in their growth as they would in a pot, no matter how big the pot is.

On the other hand, Opuntia Microdasys Albata “Angel Wing” cacti can be invasive since their roots get very spread in the ground, interfering with other plants. If this is undesirable, then keep this cactus potted.

Because Opuntia Microdasys Albata “Angel Wing” thrives on partial to full sunlight, it should be kept outdoors for best results. Successful indoor growing is also possible, but only if you have a spot by a window that receives direct sunlight all day.

General care information

Opuntia Microdasys Albata “Angel Wing” is a very slow-growing cactus, and it will take years before it reaches its 4-6 feet of height, even in the optimal conditions. In the meantime, to ensure consistent growth, you should feed the cactus soil on a cactus fertilizer. 

Usually, fertilizers are diluted to half strength and given to the cactus once every 4-8 weeks throughout spring and summer. But how much fertilizer you should use and how often will depend on your fertilizer mix.

If the cactus is kept in a pot, then you’ll need to occasionally repot it as well. You may repot this cactus only when it outgrows its pot, but consider annual repotting so that you can frequently check the health of the roots.