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Cacti: How to grow

Cacti plants have exacting requirements in terms of the compost in which they grow.

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 Cactus Compost, which contains added horticultural sand and grit for excellent drainage and organic matter as a source of vital plant nutrients.

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 Feed.

Step 1

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 Westland Potting Grit to the base of the planter to improve drainage.

Add a layer of Westland Cactus Compost 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.

Step 2

How to plant a cactus (continued)

Place the root ball into the planter so that the roots rest on top of the Westland Cactus Compost.

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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