You know how Harry Styles was part of One Direction, but not all of One Direction was Harry Styles? Well that’s what cacti are to succulents. While they may technically be succulents, it’s a common mistake for people to believe they can care for cacti the way they care for their other succs. The truth is these plants are solo artists of their own and have some different needs than their fellow compatriots.
So how are you supposed to know if you’re dealing with a cactus or a regular old succulent? While it may seem obvious at times, with the more discrete cacti it’s easiest to look for areoles. Ya areoles! You know, those tiny nodes that have spikes coming out of them? If you see those you’re in cactus territory. And if you’ve got a cactus on your hands, congratulations! Looks like you’ve got a plant that’s gonna do big things one day, so take good care of it. To optimize care, its a good idea to look up exactly what type of cactus you’ve got, but in general most cacti do well with the following care advice:
1. Don’t water it if it ain’t thirsty
These are cacti after all, and cacti don’t need to be drowned in water. The amount of water needed depends on the time of year: from April to September you can water weekly, and for the rest of the year you can switch to a monthly watering routine. To help avoid over watering and water logging, get some free-draining cactus soil. We like this cactus soil from Amazon.
The number one rule? Never water your cactus if the soil is moist. Just don’t do it. Seriously, we see you reaching for that watering can…don’t.
2. Fertilizing is fun
Cacti are so special they even have their own fertilizer. Use cactus feed on your kiddos from April to September; we personally like this cactus fertilizer from Schultz for our pointy little ones.
3. Suns out guns out
You’ve heard us go on and on about all the different plants that thrive in indirect bright light. Well guess who’s different and thrives in the full-on sunshine…Harry Styles. Actually he’d probably burn to a crisp in direct sunlight, but cacti flex their planty muscles extra hard with good sun. Keep your cacti near a window that gets full sun and show it off in an adorable pot like this cutie.
Make sure to check on your cactus periodically to make sure the lighting conditions are right.
4. Clean and sculpt
When you notice your cactus looking a little dusty, wipe it down with a moist rag to keep it looking so fresh and so clean clean. And if you’re up for it, prune your cactus to keep it growing in the shape you like!
Its that easy y’all! With just a few adjustments from your succulent routines you can keep your cacti looking hella sharp. So do it! It’ll be the envy of all those other succs. Also, RIP One Direction.
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