Hey everyone! I’ve recently been placed in charge of caring for this Arizona native cacti. A friend of mine is travelling abroad for 8 months and I want to take good care of this little guy while she’s away. we recently had to propagate these 4 cacti pups but the “mom” is looking a little blah afterwards. Can anyone provide some tips and tricks to help me get everyone happy and healthy?
I would do the following (and I'm sure there are other posters with other ideas, too):
- Lower the soil level right up against the cactus and cover the top of entire pot with a shallow layer of pea gravel. This is supposed to lower the chance of rot, but may also be a myth. It's what I do, however, and at least does no harm.
- Keep the plant in full sun, if possible.
- Before watering, check the soil at least 1" deep for moisture. It it's not completely dry, then don't water.
- In general, water only once a month/every three weeks or so throughout the winter. Cacti houseplants are usually killed by over-watering. Always drain the saucer of any water remaining thirty minutes or so after you water the plant.
- In the spring and summer, you can water more often (every one or two weeks, depending on soil dryness)
It's probably a good idea to keep the cactus on the cool side if you can - 60 degrees F or so would be fine. I would not let it get below 50 degrees F unless you know that it's from northern/colder Arizona as opposed to the southern/warmer part of the state.