mazing and recognizable by its fleshy and thorny stems, the cactus has something to please. True touch in an interior, it is not very demanding maintenance. Sun, regular monitoring, Spartan watering … If you too have given in to the charm of cacti, here’s how to maintain them.
Tips and tricks
– Differentiating cacti from succulents
– Respect the needs of cacti
– Water a cactus
– Repot a cactus
– Treat a cactus
1. Differentiate cacti from succulents
Cacti (or cacti) are often confused with succulents. And for good reason, these so-called fat plants both flourish particularly in an arid environment. The cacti are distinguished from the succulents by their areoles, from which are born the thorns, the flowers or the small leaves. Also, most cacti bear thorns while succulents are generally lacking.However, there is an incredible variety of cactus (stem, ball, racket, etc)!
2. Respect cactus needs
Cactuses need light all year long. They will enjoy behind a window facing south. In summer, you can even move them outside, on the balcony or in the garden, as long as they are sheltered from the hot sun at noon. Side temperatures, cacti well support those of our interiors. However, if you want to see your cactus bloom in the spring, put it to rest during the winter by placing it in a room between 2 and 10-12 degrees maximum.
3. Water a cactus
Contrary to what one might think, a cactus needs water. Cacti should be watered regularly, but especially sparingly.In spring and summer, during the growing season, water them about once a week. In winter, one watering per month is enough. On the other hand, if you winter your cactus, stop watering completely. To maintain it and avoid rot, empty the saucer after each watering and let the soil dry between two waterings.
4. Repot a cactus
A cactus, it is repoting! Fortunately, cacti only need to be repotted every three or four years (as their growth is slow), preferably in the spring. For optimal maintenance, repot your cactus by filling the bottom with special cacti soil and water only if the soil is dry.You can also add a little special fertilizer cacti. And if you do not want to prick your fingers when handling your cactus, use thick gloves!
5. Treat a cactus
Cactuses do not require a thorough maintenance and are rather resistant, but like all plants, they sometimes suffer from diseases or parasitic attacks. That’s why it’s better to monitor them regularly! Some kinds of white spots, like cotton, appear on your cactus? Without a doubt the sign of an invasion of cochineals, small parasites. To treat your cactus, spray a solution of black soap, oil and alcohol at 90 ° C on the entire plant!