July 03, 2019

CACTI PLANT CARE TIPS:

Maintenance: easy

 

Sunlight
  1. Cacti and other succulents do well in 16 hours of fluorescent light  mixed with incandescent light in a ratio of 10 watts of fluorescent to one watt of incandescent light.
Water  
  1. Soak the plant thoroughly by submerging the pot in a bucket or sink filled with tepid water. Wait until all the bubbles have stopped coming out

 

Fertilizer 
  1. Good natural at-home-emergency fertilizer options for orchids are eggshells, potatoes, Epsom salt, etc… (Please refer to our DIY blog post on fertilizer).
  2. If you are growing your succulents warm and wet, they will need more fertilizer, but use restraint.
  3. Otherwise, you don't have to fertilize them.
Temperature:

  60° to 65°F

 

Bloom


Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii, for example, should be kept rather dry -- below 60 degrees Fahrenheit and given eight hour days (16 hour nights) to encourage blooming. Set your timer or cover the plant each night with an opaque, black cloth.


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