The Greenhouse

Cactus Gardens & Care

July 1, 2020

Cactus plants have been a long time favorite here at Chester’s. They are easy to care for and grow in unique shapes, sizes and colors. These prickly plants are native to desert areas, which make them great for homes or offices that are on the drier side. Their unique growth patterns make them a fun plant to take care of and add interest to your decor.

Cacti are covered in different types of sharp spines (spikes), which grow like modified leaves. Their function is to protect them from predators, but also protects them from harsh sunlight hitting the surface of the cactus.

Some cactus plants even flower in the right environment! These flowers are usually single blooms, and come and go fairly quickly.

Here at Chester’s we offer cacti in several sizes, shapes and colors. From skinny and tall to short and squat, and everything in between, each cactus is completely unique.

We also offer cactus gardens – a variety of cactus plants planted in a  ceramic container with decorative stones and accents. These are great for an office, new business, or for someone who is new to house plants and home gardening.

cactus gardens from chester's flowers

CACTUS CARE: 

Light: Most cactus plants will thrive in a warm bright spot. These desert plants love to be in bright, direct sunlight.

Water: Cactus don’t need much water – generally they can be watered every few weeks. Cactus can rot if watered too much, so if you are in doubt of whether or not your cactus needs to be watered, it’s best to be cautious and water too little.

Soil: Because cactus don’t like a lot of water, they should be placed in soil that allows for proper drainage. A premixed cactus soil works, or you can make your own with 1-part sand and 1 part potting soil. You should also be sure that any pot that your cactus are placed in has proper drainage. If there is no drainage hole, stones or charcoal can be placed in the bottom of the pot to help with drainage.

Fertilizing: Cacti are slow growers and won’t need much fertilizer – a couple of times per year will do. A general-purpose fertilizer formulated for use on houseplants will work best. Follow the directions on the packaging.

Pruning: Because they’re slow growers, you typically don’t have to worry about pruning cacti.

Note: Many cacti are prickly to the touch and are not intended for human or animal consumption. When re-potting and caring for your cactus, use caution!

Happy planting! 

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