Growing up our house was filled with lots of different plants but for some reason I didn’t see an indoor cactus plant until I lived in California. In warmer weather these plants grow like weeds, but on the north east coast there is a little extra care needed to keep these guys alive. Compared to air plants or orchids, succulents are super easy to take care. I have been very happy to add some into our apartment.
- Brand New- It is important to that your new cactus and/or other succulents are in the right potting mixture. It is important that the plant is in a container that drains well, even though glass terrariums look pretty with the cacti in them, it is a lot more work to water and keep them alive that way. The best is just a clay or plastic pot with plenty of holes in the bottom. The soil should be a special succulent potting mix but it is easy to make one at home by making a mix of sand and regular potting soil. Luckily if you buy them from a flower store most of the time they already are in the proper mix.
- Lighting- The plants need A LOT of indirect light, the spike or leaves will start yellowing when they are not getting enough.
- Temperature- The best about most succulents is that they are ok with a wide range of temperatures but prefer the warmer environments.
- Watering- These guys should be heavily watered when growing/flowering at least once weekly, but the watering can be reduced significantly in the winter.
- Fertilizer- Not necessary if you dont want the plant to grow bigger, but should only be used in the warmer months if you do want the succulent to grow.