Cactus Plant Care

Cactus are succulent plants with a thick, fleshy stem that have sharp spines, no leaves, and can produce brilliantly colored flowers.

Cacti in pots may be placed outside in the summer to ornament gardens or patios, and then kept under cover during the winter.

Water your cactus about once per week during the growing season (Spring and Summer). Only water the soil when it is completely dry. Stick your finger into the soil to check. If the soil is dry and crumbly, it’s time to water. During this time of active growth, add enough water to soak the soil. The water should seep out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Depending on the type of cactus, soil, and sunlight you may need to water more or less than once per week.

Do not overwater. If the cactus feels mushy, you are watering it too much. Other signs of overwatering include rotting and brown or black leaves.