In a world as fast-moving and busy as ours, it’s hard keeping track of who watered the houseplants and when. This often results in magnificent plants dying (not even) two months after purchase. The simplest and trendiest solution to this problem: Cacti! Although these easy to care for plants might not look as green and bushy as other houseplants, they do bring a good atmosphere to the house.
Did you know that Cacti need some kind of winter sleep during the colder months? This winter dormancy will help them gain strength again and encourages flower growth in their growing season. Help your Cacti enter dormancy by watering it only once a month and moving it to a cooler spot. Please note that not all Cacti are capable of flowering – some even die when they do. So make sure to buy the right one if you want to be rewarded with beautiful flowers.
Cactus care tips
Not everyone who desires to have plants in their home has the green fingers to care for them. Although Cacti are quite easy to care for, they do have guidelines. Below, we will hand you some easy top tips to keep your Cacti satisfied.
- During the warmer months, Cacti need several hours of direct sunlight every day. Give them a sunny spot on your windowsill – preferably in the kitchen or bathroom for additional moisture.
- Cacti thrive in areas with plenty of fresh air. So open up those vents, windows or run the ceiling fan when it is warm outside (spring/summer).
- Make sure to let the soil dry out between watering. Otherwise, the plant may start to rot.
- Prevent your Cactus from uneven or distorted growth by rotating it monthly, as it grows toward the light.
What’s more fun than a cute little Cactus? That’s right, a bunch of cute little Cacti! Looking for ways to expand your Cacti family? We got you – just follow these 7 steps and you’re good to go.
Step 1: Take a cutting from another Cactus (gently!)
Just make sure that the offshoot is undamaged and from a healthy mother plant.
Step 2: Give the wound time to heal (for about 2 days)
Lay the cutting down flat and let the wound heal. If you plant the cutting before the wound is healed, it will likely rot. Cacti love to be placed on a sunny windowsill while recovering.
Step 3: Finding the right pot
Rule of thumb: choose a pot that is twice the size of the Cactus. Make sure the pot has good drainage holes in the bottom – Cacti don’t like wet feet.
Step 4: Add some Cactus potting soil
This kind of soil is available at most nurseries and garden centres and is key to propagating Cacti. Cactus soil makes sure to drain the soil from excess water and to dry out quickly after watering.
Step 5: Time to plant!
Place the cutting callous-down in the potting soil. Use your hands and stabilise it until it is in just deep enough to stand up on its own.
Step 6: Mist the soil
Cactus offshoots don’t like their soil to get soaked every now and then. That’s why you should mist the soil, but only when it feels dry!
Step 7: Give it lots of (indirect) sunlight
Leave the cutting in its new bright location until new growth starts to appear. This will take about two months.
In need of some easy to care for Cacti? Head over to your local florist!