4 Tips for Growing Great Succulents & Cacti

4 Tips for Growing Great Succulents & Cacti

Abby Stone
Jun 19, 2008

Succulents and cacti, perfect for our water-challenged climate, are easy care but not no care. Master their quirks and you can decorate your home and garden with some of the succulent arrangements we've blogged this month, like Laure's suggestion yesterday to plant your parkway. Four tips after the jump...

  • Sun: Most cacti and succulents need bright, although not direct sun. Too much can sunburn the plant; too little leads to weak growth
  • Water: Check the soil to determine this one. When the soil's dried out completely, it's time to water. The general rule is once a week during the hot months, barely at all during the winter.
  • Pests: Mealy bugs, spidermites and scale are the most common ones. Checking your plant occasionally and keeping it in a well-ventilated area should help you avoid most problems or nip them in the bud while they're still manageable.
  • Potting: Repot once a year in a blend of potting soil and sand and don't water for the first week. You can also plant succulents and cacti in the ground. Use loose sandy soil over a rocky layer to create a raised bed. Some cities will give credits for planting a drought-tolerant lawn.


[Photo by Nicholas Bittencourt, licensed under a Creative Commons License]

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