Cacti and succulents are unique plants. They retain moisture over long periods and do not need a great deal of watering. However, they do need a gritty porous compost with good drainage and the correct nutrient balance for strong, healthy growth.
Westland Cacti Compost contains just the right amount of nutrients with added grit and sand for excellent drainage. This free draining compost leads to optimum root development, vital to the successful cultivation of all cacti and succulents.
As cacti and succulents are grown in pots and containers, which can limit their root growth, Westland Cacti Compost contains all the nutrients they need, including trace elements and organic matter.
Westland Cacti Compost will deliver all the nutrients your plants needs for strong healthy growth in the first 4-6 weeks. After that, feed them at 2-3 week intervals during the growing season with Westland Cacti Plant Food.
Keep cacti and succulents in light, airy conditions in temperatures above 5°C (40°F). Place in south facing positions for maximum sunlight.
Ensure cacti and succelents are not over-watered. Wait until the compost looks dry before watering. Water less frequently in the autumn and not at all during the winter unless the plant starts to shrivel. From late spring onwards, water regularly according to weather conditions and the plant variety.
Not suitable for ericaceous (lime-hating) plants.
Store in a dry frost-free place away from weedkillers and other garden chemicals.
Re-seal bag after use.
Wear gloves when handling.
First put on a pair of gloves and rework the compost so it regains its intended structure. Then you're all set!
Fill seed tray with compost. Water thoroughly with a fine rose and then allow to drain for several hours. Succulent seeds are very small so just press then into the compost. Cover the tray with black polythene and glass to retain the moisture and keep out light.
Seedlings - Fill the pot or seed tray with compost and level off. Prick off seedlings into holes. Gently firm the compost, add a little more if necessary and water in.
Cuttings - Rooted cuttings should be potted on into individual pots or containers, taking care with fragile roots. For larger cuttings, half fill a pot, place the plant into position, and fill around the roots with compost. Gently firm the compost and water well.
Re-potting is best advised during the growing season. Water the plant and allow to drain before removing carefully from the pot, using folded paper to protect yourself against spikes. Fill a layer of compost in the new pot and sit the plant on it. Fill the rest of the pot with compost, firming lightly around the root ball. Do not water for a few days to prevent rotten or damaged roots.
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