Caring for cacti is relatively simple, but requires attention to detail. Here are some tips on caring for cacti:
Cacti generally need a lot of direct sunlight to grow healthy. Place your cactus near a sunny window so it receives at least a few hours of sunlight each day.
Cacti are succulents and can store water in its leaves and stems. Therefore, excessive watering can be harmful. Let the soil dry completely between waterings, then wet the soil deeply, allowing excess water to drain completely. In general, watering once a week is a good starting point, but adjust the frequency as needed based on environmental conditions.
Cacti prefer well-drained soils. Use a special substrate for cacti and succulents or mix coarse sand or perlite with regular soil to improve drainage. Avoid heavy, compacted soil as this can cause root rot.
Most cacti prefer warm temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures at night . Keep your cacti away from cold drafts and extreme temperatures. If the winter is harsh, it may be necessary to protect cacti from intense cold.
Cactus have relatively low fertilization requirements. You can use a specific fertilizer for cacti and succulents diluted by half in the growing season (spring and summer) once every two months. Avoid fertilizing during the dormant period in fall and winter.
If your cactus is becoming cramped in its current pot or the soil is depleted, it may need for a transplant. Choose a slightly larger pot and use a substrate suitable for cacti. Transplant in early spring, before the active growth period begins.
Some cacti may have sharp spines that can be painful to touch. Wear gardening gloves when handling cacti to avoid injury. Also, keep cacti out of the reach of children and pets to avoid accidents.
By following these tips, you should be able to care for your cactus properly and enjoy their healthy growth.