Big Pokey Cactus is one of the types of Crops in Creativerse that are usually used for Cooking many different types of Food. Big Pokey Cactus can also be consumed directly for some Health bonus, or can be fed to Pets.
Other than that, Big Pokey Cactus can be placed on display containers, but not directly into the game world, except in Creator Mode.
Big Pokey Cactus was added to the game on June 12th 2020 with the Garden Party update.
How to obtain
Big Pokey Cactuses can be found on the ground of Dunes. According to entuland, they spawn in chunks (16x16x16 blocks of the world) that contain:
Since these Crops are pretty rare in the beginning, it is advised not to just consume the first Big Pokey Cactus you find, but to process them into 2 Big Pokey Cactus Seeds (each) in the Processor, from which you can grow more Big Pokey Cactuses yourself "infinitely".
Big Pokey Cactuses are quite rare at first, but the longer you play on a Creativerse world the more of those will spawn. You need to stay somewhere close to a suitable spawn area to give them time to spawn. Sleeping on a Bed to skip days and nights will not help speeding up this process though.
The "Pro" world option "more regrowth" should make more Big Pokey Cactuses spawn in the game-world even faster.
You can use your Map and compare it with the maps of template worlds ( http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=634088783 ) to see where the closest Dunes might be.
When Big Pokey Cactuses are captured with a Capture Block, they will be captured in the shape of Big Pokey Cactus Seeds (1 Seed instead of 1 Big Pokey Cactus). This applies to Big Pokey Cactus found in the wild as well as to Big Pokey Cactus grown by the player.
Big Pokey Cactuses cannot be bought as grown Crops with building kits for Blueprints, since they cannot be placed directly into the game world, but only into the slots of display containers. If display containers are captured as Blueprints, the building kits will not contain the items in the slots of the display containers. Instead, the display containers will show "ghost images" when the Blueprint is built.
How to use
Big Pokey Cactuses can be fed to Pets just as they are.
Big Pokey Cactuses can also be consumed directly to grant 100 additional maximum Health for 6 minutes.
However, this is not an efficient way to use Big Pokey Cactuses.
The better option is to use Big Pokey Cactuses in order to cook even more useful Food in a Cooking Station. Big Pokey Cactus or Prickly Pal Cactus is a required ingredient in making Spiky Sandwiches, Spiky Soup and Spiky Pie, which all grant about double damage and -100 Health for 15 minutes. It can also be used as a vegetable or secondary ingredient for many types of Food with a large range of different buffs in a Cooking Station.
Big Pokey Cactuses can also be put on display by placing them into the slots of display containers like Placemats, Stone Wall Shelves, Hidden Temple Altars, Galactic Grav-Chambers, Frozen Containers, Holiday Decorative Trees, Snow Buried Containers, Holiday Mantles, Flower Pots, Wood Planters or the like.
Like most items in the game, Big Pokey Cactuses can be painted, with the primary color affecting the color of the body of the cactus and the secondary color affecting the spikes and flower.
How to grow Big Pokey Cactus from Seeds
First place such natural blocks over a body of Water, Mineral Water or Bog Water, or alternatively place these liquids directly adjacent to each block of Dirt, Grass or Mud (like directly below for example, or at least corner to corner).
This can even be done underground in complete darkness and/or in a building, but not at too high altitudes, not in too cold nor too hot biomes/layers. In these cases, Seeds will stay "fallow" and won't grow. They cannot be fertilized either in this case, but can be picked up again.
You can, but you do not need to fertilize Seeds in order to make your Crops grow faster. You can also fertilize Seedlings (the second growth stage of Crops) or Sprouts (the third growth stage of Crops) alternatively - but you can only use fertilizer once on any Crop, not twice (so either Seed or Seedling or Sprout of one Crop, but not more than one). Fertilizing will reduce the growth time of Big Pokey Cactuses for ca. 10 minutes. Fertilizing the Seeds will let them grow into Seedlings immediately, while fertilizing Seedlings or Sprouts will reduce the all-over growing time just as much as when you fertilize the Seeds. Fertilizing a Sprout when the Big Pokey Cactus has less than 10 minutes of growing time remaining will make them turn ripe immediately.
Wait a bit until the Crops are ripe to receive the best harvest. Big Pokey Cactus requires about 60 minutes to grow from seed to ripe.
The Big Pokey Cactus can be harvested by being "pulled" with the gauntlet and left mouse button (by default) just like any other type of block, item, plant or liquid. You won't even need to equip any Power Cell for this.
If Crops stay "ripe" for 24 RL hours, they will turn into "grown" Crops. The harvest will become a little less then, but Crops will never wither.
Please refer to the article Farming if you want to learn more about growing Crops and please read the article Food if you want to learn more about how to cook different types of buff-granting Food by making use of the Crops that you can plant.