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Six Tips for Taking Care of Cacti

27th November 2015

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Taking care of cacti

A shelf of plastic cameras and cacti is certainly a joyful sight, don’t you agree? So, I thought I’d share my current office display for this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers which is celebrating the plant shelfie! In October I posted a few tips for looking after succulents and this month I’m focussing on cacti. I’ve had some of my cacti plants for years and so here are a few of my tips for taking care of them.

1. Light

Cacti love light so place your plants near a window or on a window sill. As with most of us, they enjoy a bit of sunshine, but not too much or they might burn!

2. Water

Cacti prefer well-drained soil so water once a month and during the winter every two months. It’s good to let the soil completely dry out between each water. I collect my cacti together and place them in a tray of water for roughly 15 minutes. Once bath time (!) is over I check the saucers are clear of any excess.

3. Feed

Fertilise cacti with houseplant food or cacti feed in the spring and summer, following the recommended amount on the bottle. This will replace nutrients in the soil and get them ready for the colder autumn and winter months.

6 Tips for Taking Care of Cacti |
6 Tips for Taking Care of Cacti |
6 Tips for Taking Care of Cacti |

4. Repot

If you notice the roots are reaching the sides of the pot or growing out of the bottom they need repotting. A sandy, gritty compost is required, and I always buy the pre-packaged mix produced for cacti. Don’t forget you’ll need some gloves when repotting to protect your hands.

5. Pests

It’s good to regularly examine the appearance of your cacti. I use houseplant insecticide if required or put them in a sunny spot and monitor the soil if they’re not looking their best.

6. Display

There are many ways to display cacti, from groups in individual pots to dish gardens. Although mine are currently in white pots I think they look fabulous in terracotta. I also use a dry paintbrush to remove any dust.

Cacti are inexpensive and easy to maintain and with Christmas coming they make delightful gifts. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  • Reply The Ana Mum Diary 27th November 2015 at 10:01 am

    How funny, I re-potted one of my cacti yesterday, as it was looking really peaky. Definitely going to follow these tips! Amanda

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 27th November 2015 at 10:20 am

      Thanks Amanda, I hope he’s enjoying his new home! 😉

  • Reply lori 27th November 2015 at 11:08 am

    Ooh this is amazing as my aloe vera is in a very poor state! Also LOVING your lomo cameras I have a few at home, they’re so cute aren’t they. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 27th November 2015 at 2:02 pm

      I love them and I’m trying hard to resist buying more.. Have a great weekend Lori!

  • Reply Jess 28th November 2015 at 8:22 am

    I love your shelf display and these are great tips. I have avoided owning any kind of plants as they seem to just die in my care but I love cacti so I shall have to buy one and see if I can keep it alive! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 28th November 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks Jess. You must treat yourself to a couple of cacti, they’re so low maintenance. Good luck!

  • Reply Eva 30th November 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I have a cacti, just one! But when I saw yours I think mine needs someone else! They looks so pretty all together!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th November 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Eva, you should certainly treat yourself to another!

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