Cactus

Needs little water
Likes to be in the shade
Lightly air-purifying
Nutrition every month (summer)
Slightly toxic for animals
Repot every three year
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Intro

Whether it's the trendy geometric shapes or the unapproachable look, Cactus is an exciting houseplant that has a great effect in an interior and often generations of experience with its owners. The comeback of this classic is mainly in the fact that it is a very easy houseplant and in the distinctive look, which suits well with people who love special design. 


Location

In this area, the cactus is perhaps one of the easiest plants. You could put the cactus in a light spot but also in the shade. Some species, especially bulbous plants, can tolerate a lot of light and can be placed in the sun. Be careful when exposing to bright sunlight. Let the cactus gradually get used to the sunlight so they can get used to it. The plant also wants at least 5 hours of direct sunlight per day. Usually place the plant in front of the window facing south. When you have the plant a little more shade, you need to water it a little less, because less water will be used.



Cactus care


Temperature

A minimum daytime temperature of 15 to 20 degrees Celsius is recommended and a minimum nighttime temperature of 1 degrees Celsius.

Watering

As is well known, cacti can survive long without water. The leaf hardly evaporates any water and therefore retains it for a very long time. In addition, many cacti can suck up their own weight with water. In winter the least water is needed. The cactus could then up to 12 weeks without water. The lower the temperature, the less water the plant consumes, so you have to take into account how much water you consume at which temperatures. In the summer it is necessary to let the soil dry in between watering sessions. This prevents the roots from rot. You will only see this later when it is too late. Pay attention to this.

Spraying

Spraying itself is not necessary for the cactus. However, it is recommended when the plant suffers from different kinds of pests. Make sure you use low lime water when spraying to prevent lime deposits. It is best to use rainwater.

Repotting

Repot a cactus only if it is really necessary. It is already difficult to repot cacti. Use gloves or towels for protection against the spines. When repotting, use a new pot that is at least 20% wider. Always repot in the spring, so that the plant can recover from any damage.

Nutrition

The cactus grows slowly, so the plant does not need anything extra, especially in winter. In the summer you could give extra plant nutrition once a month. Look for the dosage on the packaging.

Other tips

  • Cactus care is simple. To get the plants to flower well every year, it is best to water a little more in the summer and less in the winter. This also depends on the species and size of the plant.
  • Too much water is never good, it is better to let the soil dry out before watering the plant again. 
  • In summer, a cactus can be warm and sunny, even outside on a terrace or balcony. In winter the habitat is cooler and light. This rest period in winter helps the cactus to start flowering in spring.
  • If the plant needs to be transplanted use a rather poor type of soil. Special cactus soil is for sale.
  • Place the plants in a safe place when children or pets are present. 

Origin

The cactus comes from Africa and Central and South America. They can be found in the high mountains as well as in the tropical Caribbean. The cactus belongs to the family Cactaceae.



Diseases

A too high humidity can lead to fungi and the cactus can suffer from mealy bug. This is easy to combat by giving the plant a hard jet of water. 


Suitable plant nutrition for Cactus


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