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How to Grow Cacti

How to grow Cacti plants at home. Cacti have exacting requirements in terms of the compost in which they grow. It’s not too difficult. Have a read and start growing your own Cacti at home. In their natural habitat the soil they grow in has a high proportion of sand and is very well drained.

When re-potting cacti and succulents choose specific compost, such as Westland Cacti & Succulent Potting Mix, which contains added horticultural sand and grit for excellent drainage and organic matter as a source of vital plant nutrients.

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How to water and feed a cacti

Water your cacti about once a month. The compost should not be allowed to dry out completely and kept slightly moist.

Feed your cacti once a season with a specialist feed, such as Westland Cacti & Succulent Feed.

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How to plant a cactus

  • Choose a suitable planter for your cactus. It needs to be slightly larger than the container your plant is growing in.
  • Add a layer of Hydroleca to the base of the planter to improve drainage.
  • Add a layer of Westland Cactus & Succulent Potting Mix on top of the grit, making sure you have left enough room for the root ball.
  • Carefully remove the cactus from its pot. If it’s very spiny, then wear thick gloves.
  • Check the roots for damage and disease and carefully remove any signs of decay.
  • Place the root ball into the planter so that the roots rest on top of the Westland Cactus & Succulent Potting Mix
  • The cactus should be about the same level in the compost as it was in its original container. Don’t plant any deeper or leave more exposed.
  • Fill in around the sides with more compost, packing down between the planter and the root ball firmly.
  • Water gently to settle the new compost, but don’t over water


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