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Caring For Cacti & Succulents

Cacti and succulents are popular plants for their low maintenance and unique appearance. While they are generally easy to care for, there are a few key things to keep in mind to ensure they thrive.

  1. Light: Cacti and succulents generally need a lot of bright, indirect light. They will do well in a south-facing window. If you don't have a window that gets enough light, you can also use grow lights to provide the necessary illumination.

  2. Water: One of the key things to remember when caring for cacti and succulents is to let the soil dry out completely before watering again. Overwatering is a common problem that can lead to root rot and other issues. A good rule of thumb is to water once a week or so for succulents, and around once a month for cacti, depending on the humidity and temperature in your home. Always check soil moisture levels with your finger before watering.

  3. Soil: Cacti and succulents need a well-draining, gritty soil mix to prevent excess moisture from accumulating around the roots. You can purchase a cactus or succulent soil mix, or make your own by mixing regular potting soil with perlite or sand. We recommend the Grow Tropicals Desert Mix.

  4. Fertiliser: While cacti and succulents don't need a lot of fertiliser, a light application of a balanced fertiliser (such as a 20-20-20 formula) once a month during the growing season can help boost their growth. With these types of plants, it's best not to fertilise at all in the colder months.

  5. Repotting: Cacti and succulents generally don't need to be repotted very often, but if you notice that your plant has outgrown its current pot, it's time to give it a new home. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one, as cacti and succulents prefer to be slightly root-bound.

By following these basic care guidelines, you can help your cacti and succulents thrive and enjoy their unique beauty for years to come.

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