Cactus Care Tips

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 Cacti

“Cacti come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and tend to grow best in lots of light, high temperatures, low moisture, and good drainage.

Water

Since cactus doesnt need much water than your average succulent, most people tend to completely forget to water for long periods of time to the point it dries out to death. They need water too, so know how they look when thirsty, specially for those under full sun. 

While it is true the plants in this group usually prefer soil on the dry side, they still require moisture, especially during the growing season. How often do you need to water a cactus plant? There is more to how to water a cactus than the timing. You also need the correct soil porosity, container drainage, site conditions and time of year.

 

Light

Most cactus likes full sun to maintain their shape. As a general rule, cacti need between 10 – 14 hours of light a day. 

Cactus love to be near the window to blossom. You need to ensure that you give your cacti and other succulents the brightest window you can afford in your home. A south facing position will provide good sunlight, and the optimum light depends on the variety of cacti that you are growing.

Propagation

I find it best to wait for the offfsets, or pups, for propagation. Some cacti send out offsets to root on their own. Removing these pups will refocus energy into the parent plant’s growth and give you some baby plants.

You can remove the offsets before they grow roots by cutting them from the parent plant. Propagate cactus offsets just like you would a stem cutting.

For the best results, don’t remove the pups until they’re growing roots. Then, you can simply propagate the cactus by division. Dig up the plant and cut or break off the offsets. Try to cause as little root damage as possible.
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