Cactus & Succulent Care
Cacti & succulents come from various regions of the world. Both encompass many different varieties of plants. Therefore, most of the time, they aren’t sorted or named when you see them in store. Fortunately, though, cactus and succulent care is general in nature as well.
Many cacti & succulents can sustain and grow with at least medium light. South facing windows work best for Oklahoma. Depending on the plant variety, intensity of the sun or time of year, west facing windows can work as well. North and east facing windows don’t tend to give enough light, but can work in certain situations.
Cacti & succulents don’t require much water to survive. Just like house plants, their watering cycle is dependent on the environment. Check the soil before watering by sticking your finger into the dirt to feel the moisture level or you can use a Rapitest Soil Moisture Meter.
Because the soil used is looser (i.e.: Miracle Gro Cactus Palm & Citrus Potting Mix soil, sand and gravel), saturate the soil when watering and check it about once a week until you can establish a normal schedule for your plants. If your plants start to brown or droop, bring in a piece, and we can diagnose the issue.
Fertilizing your cactus or succulent is simple. Use Bonide Liquid Cactus Food (2-7-7). This product simply goes into the water you use. Follow the package directions for amount and frequency.
The best way to prevent insects is to treat them with Bonide Systemic House Plant Insecticide every 6 weeks. Monitor your plants at every watering for issues. As soon as you see a problem, bring in a sample, and we can help you find a solution.
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