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Cactus

Cactus

Originally the cactus grows mainly in Africa, Central and South America. From high and cold mountains to the tropical Caribbean. It doesn't really matter where the cactus grows up. There are hundreds of species known! Most cacti have sharp thorns, which we usually recognize a cactus by. Cacti belong to the succulents, or succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Think about it!

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Cactus

Originally the cactus grows mainly in Africa, Central and South America. From high and cold mountains to the tropical Caribbean. It doesn’t really matter where the cactus grows up. There are hundreds of species known! Most cacti have sharp thorns, which we usually recognize a cactus by. Cacti belong to the succulents, or succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Think about it!

Cactus

Originally the cactus grows mainly in Africa, Central and South America. From high and cold mountains to the tropical Caribbean. It doesn’t really matter where the cactus grows up. There are hundreds of species known! Most cacti have sharp thorns, which we usually recognize a cactus by. Cacti belong to the succulents, or succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Think about it!

Direct sunlight

Water once a month

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Toxic

Repot every 3 years

Direct sunlight

Water once a month

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Toxic

Repot every 3 years

How do you take care of a Cactus?

The best location

The cactus is perhaps one of the easiest houseplants there is. He doesn’t care where you put him. Whether it’s direct sunlight or semi-shade. A little more or less light doesn’t matter to him. Handy! Remember that a cactus will grow faster in direct sunlight. It can also happen that a cactus will flower in spring or summer when it gets enough sunlight. Although a pitch with no direct sunlight is also perfectly fine. The cactus is accustomed to the high and cold mountains where it grew up. Bought a cactus? Then don’t put your new green friend right by the window. Make sure the cactus can get used to the amount of light. In the greenhouse where it is grown it gets filtered light. And that’s quite different from direct sunlight!

Watering the Cactus

In the summer the cactus needs a sip of water once every 2 to 3 weeks. Furthermore, the cactus doesn’t have that many demands. Or well, if the weather is too hot, it might be good to give an extra sip of water. Only do this when the cactus’ earth is really parched! A cactus is very good at storing water. The only problem? If you give too much water, it can’t go anywhere except to the roots. Especially in a semi-shade area, the risk of root rot is higher. A cactus consumes less water in the semi-shade and it can be difficult to estimate how much water to give. Especially when the topsoil already feels dry. Our tip? You’d rather give too little water than one of those big sips of water. A cactus really needs less water than you think! In winter you can leave the watering can. Then a cactus can safely go several months without water.

Plant nutrition

The cactus grows in a nutrient-poor soil. It is therefore not necessary to give your cactus extra plant nutrition. To stimulate growth, you can administer special plant food for cacti in spring to summer. When watering you give 1/4th of the indicated dosage. Too much plant nutrition or plant food in the autumn and winter months can damage the plant.

Repotting

Repotting a cactus can be quite a job because of its prickly thorns. We therefore recommend repotting a cactus only when really necessary. Doesn’t the cactus grow out of its flowerpot? Then provide gloves, a newspaper or an old towel to hold the cactus. You can then slowly pull the cactus out of its pot and place it in a new flowerpot. Make sure this flowerpot is at least 20% larger than the previous one.

Air purifying function

A cactus is not an air-purifying indoor plant. The reason for this? Its slow growth process and lack of leaves. Most houseplants purify the air with their large leaves, unfortunately a cactus does not have this. For cleaning up the environment, less harmful substances and filtering dirty smells you should not be near the cactus. Well, you can’t have everything.

Is a Cactus poisonous?

Cacti are quite diverse. It is therefore difficult to speak for all cacti. Most cacti are not poisonous, but this certainly does not apply to all cacti. There are even cacti that are edible, and certainly not poisonous. It’s a tricky issue! The main part of the cactus you have to watch out for are the white milk juices. A cactus can lose its milk juices if damaged. Did your pet get the juice of a cactus? Then pay close attention to strange behaviour and contact the veterinarian.

Diseases and peculiarities

Cacti cannot withstand high humidity. Moulds can then occur. This can be prevented by not using a plant sprayer, or by placing the cactus in the bathroom. It can also happen that your cactus suffers from mealybugs. Mealybugs can be dissolved by spraying the cactus clean with a powerful jet of water. Make sure there is enough distance! Otherwise you could damage the plant itself. Stubborn mealybugs can be combated with chemical pesticides.

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