1. Getting started with your Cactus
Where to place your Cactus
Place it next to a sunny window
Native to deserts, cacti love bright direct light. The more sunlight they get, the happier they will be!
Potting your Cactus
Feel free to immediately repot your cactus
Unlike most houseplants, Cacti aren't very sensitive to repotting (due to their smaller root systems);
If you purchased a planter with your Cactus, then don't worry - we'd have done the repotting for you :)
2. Continually caring for your Cactus
Watering your Cactus
Water when the soil is completely dry
It is vital to wait for the soil to dry out completely between waterings. We like to use a chopstick to poke the soil from the drainage hole at the bottom; if the chopstick comes out:
1) Clean: your soil is dry and needs a watering
2) Dirty: you'll know the soil is still moist and doesn't need a watering
Rule of thumb: expect to water your plant every 2-3 weeks, and more often with more light. Having said that, soil moisture should be your primary indicator for when you should water your plant
When watering, gently pour until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom and discard any excess water. Remember, never use cold water as this will shock your plant's roots
Finding your Cactus' favorite temperature
Like most houseplants, Cacti can tolerate being placed between 18°C-30°C. The higher up that range they are placed, the happier they will be!
Re-potting your Cactus
When cared for well, Cacti can grow quite large and will need to be repotted every 2-3 years to accommodate that growth
When it's time, remember that Cacti like soil with a lot of aeration (because they don't retain as much water/moisture). When your plant is ready for repotting, use a well-drained potting mix that includes ingredients such as perlite or lava rocks
Transfer your Cactus into a pot that's about 1-2 inches in diameters larger than its current one to give it ample room to grow
Cleaning/pruning your Cactus
The spines on Cacti make them more difficult to wipe clear of dust. Fortunately, that isn't too big of a problem; about twice a year, give your cactus a gentle rain in the shower to clear all the dust right off
Some common problems with Cacti
1. Shriveling and/or wrinkling
A clear sign of underwatering; time for a drink!
Usually due to overwatering; allow the soil to dry out completely (this can take 2-3 weeks), then slowly rewater it, following the watering guide above
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