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Cacti – The Sharp Plants…

...meaning do's and don'ts regarding cacti in your place

Let’s make it clear! Even if you treat all the plants lukewarmly or you’re just scared of them – you have to admit, that some of them look surprisingly and it is incredible, how can they even exist. And for sure we can say it about some types of cacti- the sharp plants.


If you want to give your home a touch of green, find out the most important dos and dont’s about how to look after cacti and succulents.

1. To water or not to water?

For many people cacti are associated with the desert. Yes – it means: “hot and sunny”, but you have to keep in mind that in almost every desert you can find the oases 😉 So don’t forget to water them from time to time. And if you put them in the sunny place, remember to turn them regularly to make sure that all sides of the plant get the equal sunny exposure. It is important for their growth and well-being.

2. To fertilize or not to fertilize?cacti

The truth is that cacti are not demanding plants, but taking care of them, you can extend the time when they are pretty, healthy and wonderful to look at them. And the fact is that… every potted plant needs to be fertilized once in a while. Why is it so important? Some people say that fertilizer is essential to the success of container gardens. And here one comment. When you buy a fertilizer – probably you don’t need special one dedicated for cacti. Just read the label on the bottle. Almost every fertilizerconsists of the same components and the only difference is… exactly the label. So – read first – buy later. And why exactly fertilizing is so important? Well, because of watering and naturally, during the plants lifetime – the soil becomes infertile. And while plants use basic elements from the soil to grow and reproduce – it is required to deliver them all the essential micronutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Advice from a Cactus: Get plenty of sunshine. Accentuate your strong points. Be patient through the dry spells. Conserve your resources. Don’t desert your friends. Wait for your time to bloom. Stay sharp!

Ilan Shamir

3. Will bloom or won’t bloom?cacti

All the succulents bloom, but not every cacti does. So when you see in the market a cacti with a flower on its top – watch out! The flower can be sticked to the plant with glue. And instead of growing up with your plant, sooner or later it will unglue and look poorly.

If you want to encourage your cacti to bloom – you have to know, that in fact – not every cacti will bloom. But when it does – it is spectacular! :) Flowers are usually big and very colorful. And by the way – you have to be very apprehensive, because some types of cacti can bloom even only few hours 😉

4. Cacti oddity

And for some of you – can be interesting the fact, that some of cacti have… slimming properties. How is this possible? Well, meet… Hodia. It is a cactus-type plant from the Kalahari desert in Africa. It is used to curb appetite. But above all – you should buy hoodia products from a reliable source. According to news reports, some samples of hoodia that are available in the Internet are fake and have no slimming properties.

5. Almost the end 😉

Even if before reading this article you thought that it’s unbelievable that taking care of plants can be your pastime – maybe it is the best time to pull the plug on such thinking? And here you can find cacti that without a doubt won’t fit any house – Arizona (U.S. National Park Service) 😉

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