Caring For Cactus And Succulents
Of the endless possibilities of houseplants, cacti and succulents seem to be the easiest and lowest-maintenance. They make an interesting addition to any office, bedroom, or living room with their unique formations and interesting flowers. Caring for these drought-tolerant houseplants is relatively simple:
- Cacti and succulents require bright light, so choose a room that has a bright sunny window. Turn the plant every so often to be sure that all sides receive sunlight.
- Water your succulents and cacti at least once a week – even less so in the winter months to allow them to go dormant. During the winter, water when the pot has almost completely dried out. In the summer, water when the top inch of the soil is dry and allow the water to drain out of the pot completely. It is best to find a pot with a drainage hole in the bottom, as a plant sitting in water is susceptible to root rot.
- Use a top dressing of sand or small stone as a decorative aspect and a beneficial one as well – the top dressing helps to keep the topsoil from drying out too quickly, helps keep the base of the plant dry, and aids in even water distribution throughout the pot.
Even if you have a self-proclaimed black thumb, cacti and succulents are relatively low-maintenance and make the perfect plant for a beginner. Come see us for help in picking out a great gift or if you need help getting your cacti to thrive.