How to Care for Your Cactus and Succulent Plants
Cactus and succulent plants have become popular indoor plants in recent years because they’re hardy, they can tolerate neglect, and they need little maintenance. However, in order to keep these plants healthy and beautiful, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with how to care for cactus and succulents properly. Keep reading to learn how to care for your cactus and succulent plants successfully!
All you need to know about cacti
Cacti plants are easy to care for. They enjoy bright, but indirect sunlight with just the occasional watering during the spring, summer, and fall. You should avoid letting your cacti sit in a saucer of water or expose it to direct sunlight as this will cause them to rot. For more information on how you can care for your cactus plant, please refer to our blog post on How To Care For Your Cactus & Succulent Plants.
Caring for cactus and succulent plants isn’t hard, but it does require attention to certain details. Since they have special soil and light needs, it’s easy to overlook one of these necessities and kill the plant in question if you aren’t careful. To help make sure that you keep your cacti and succulents healthy, this guide will walk you through each step of the process.
If you’ve just bought your first cactus or succulent plant and are looking to care for it, then this is the place to start.
This article will give you all the tips and tricks that you’ll need to learn in order to properly care for your new plant, from how much sunlight it needs to how often you should water it. Continue reading this article to find out everything you need to know about taking good care of your cactus and succulent plants!
Why we love them
Cacti plants are a type of succulent plant that have spines as their leaves. They are often used in home decor because they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They are easy to care for as long as you know the basics of cactus care.
- First, find out what kind of cactus you have by looking at its shape or spine thickness.
- Next, make sure it is getting plenty of sunlight.
The perfect place for a cacti and succulents
There are many different types of cacti and succulents. The differences in each type will determine what kind of care they require. For example, a saguaro cactus can grow up to 50 feet tall so it needs lots of sun, well-draining soil, plenty of space, and protection from freezing temperatures. By contrast, the Christmas cactus only grows about 18 inches tall so it doesn’t need as much space or sunlight.
The types of soil they prefer
Cacti and succulents prefer soil that is rich in organic material, such as peat moss. They also prefer soil that is relatively dry but well-draining, so be careful not to overwater them. The best way to water them is by allowing the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again.
Watering your cacti or succulents properly
One of the most important parts of caring for your cactus or succulents is watering them. You should water your cacti or succulents when they are dry. You will want to water them until the potting soil is wet, but not soaked. This means you will want to water them until the potting soil is moist, but not wet.
Controlling pests in your cacti or succulents
One of the most common pests that can infect your cacti or succulents is scale insects. These bugs secrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which drips onto leaves, flowers, or stems. The honeydew can then attract other parasites such as sooty mold fungus and black sooty mites.
The best way to remove scale insects is by using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
Tips on storeing your cacti or succulents correctly
Cacti and succulents store best when they are not in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause them to dry out quickly, so if you have a windowsill that faces south or west, place your plants there.