Cacti Tips & Tricks.

All year round Cacti bask in the sun, winding their spines as they grow and blooming delicately in Spring & Summer. These often overlooked beauties are ready to move into the spotlight! Cacti are members of a huge family that includes more than 1,300 species and most cacti have virtually no leaves. Instead, their swollen stems have evolved to take the place of leaves. You don't want to miss out on cultivating one of your own these cool cacti!

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top image: aloe humilis | bottom image: euphorbia ammak variegate

TIP 1:  Most cacti need as much light as possible (with a few exceptions for some species who need a little less.) It's crucial to place your cactus in an area that has no shade and plenty of nice, hot sun!  Also, if you are watering or spraying your plants, do it after the sun has set, as water droplets can act as lenses in the daytime and burn the tender skin of your plants.

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 top image: cleistocactus | bottom image: euphorbia ammak variegate

TIP 2:  The worst enemy of cacti is overwatering it.  Test the soil with a thin wooden stick or a pencil in the soil. If soil sticks to it when removed,  don't water your cacti!  When you are watering you plant, make sure you do give them plenty of water and water it very slowly as deep in the ground as you can, this prevents the cactus from stressing out.IMG_9134 copyIMG_4709 copyIMG_4704 copy

top image: cleistocactus | two bottom images: aloe ferox

TIP 3:  Cacti need pots that are porous, like unglazed terra-cotta is ideal, so the potting soil can dry quickly. Glazed pots are attractive but they don't dry out as fast, and that can lead to root rot in cacti. We also advise repotting every 3-5 years!

Whether you're taking a small step towards the cacti community with a smaller species, or jumping right in with a huge cactus for your garden, we're sure that you've got a better foundation for getting started! Cacti are plants with low maintenance and can grow to make twisting, winding pieces of living art that can amplify any space. Happy Gardening!