With over 2000 species and about 140 genera of plants, Cactii evolved in the deserts of North and South Americas. Mexico has the greatest number of Cactii species for any country. While these are plants that grow in arid regions, some species, specially Rhipsalis inhabit the tropics of Africa and even Sri Lanka.
Adopting and caring for 5” Cactii Neo Cactus Magnificus
Adopting: Especially with Cactii, look for any signs of overwatering. The soil should be dry to touch. Also, inspect the plant carefully for any signs of rotting or damage that could have occurred during transport
Locating: Cactii need bright light. So set the plant up in a sunny spot in your home or office. While they love the sun, they can also be grown under artificial fluorescent lights like the ones in the office
Potting: Since a cactus plant has a tiny root structure, you don’t need to repot the plant every year. Once in 3-4 years is ideal. While repotting, Cactii requires soil that’s pebbly, sandy, porous and one that provides excellent drainage and aeration. The right type of soil will need to dry quickly after you water the plant. A good mix of 30:30:20:20 of coco-peat, coarse sand, compost and perlite is ideal for Cactii.
Watering: Cactii have adapted to live with little or no rain for months. So it’s only natural that you don’t overwater these plants. A few drops of water every month is all they need. Overwatering could result in rot setting into the root and eventually, killing the plant.
Fertilising: Most Cactii grow slowly, hence require very little in terms of feeding. If you must fertilise give them some organic liquid fertiliser once or twice a year. Dilute it in water as described on the pack and add little to each pot as part of your monthly watering routine.
Ancient and rugged Cactii have no parallel in the natural world. They are as decorative as they are surreal. A bright pink globe can emerge from a grey-green base, and magnificent flowers can appear amidst the spikes. If you are a plant lover, you could consider adding a few of these hardy, prickly plants to your collection.
Did you know
Did you know? The spines on a Cactii are their leaves
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