Cactus & Succulent Plant Care
Cactus and Succulents thrive with proper light sources. It is best to place Cactus and Succulents in a bright place facing south to receive the most light. Although they may not be placed in direct sunlight because intense light may discolor the plant.
In the spring and summer the plants need good ventilation, but will survive in high temperatures. Cacti may be placed outside in the summer to ornament gardens or patios, make sure the location is shaded to prevent intense sun exposure.
During the autumn and winter months, it is best for the plants to be kept cool at night with temperatures of around 50°F. Environments where the temperature is below freezing may require them to be kept under covers during the winter.
Water your Cactus or Succulents 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 plant feels mushy, you are watering it too much. Other signs of overwatering include rotting and brown or black leaves.
Repotting Succulents & Cactus
- To begin, water the plant and allow to drain before removing carefully from the pot, gloves are suggested to prevent injury from spikes.
- Separate the old soil from the roots with a chopstick or other thin tool so the roots are not damaged.
- Fill the container halfway with new potting mix and place the plant on the soil.
- Fill the rest of the pot with the potting mix and firm down the soil.
- Do not water for a few days to prevent rotting of damaged roots.