Why are cacti popular?
Cacti have become popular for both indoor and outdoor growing because of their easy care nature and interesting, sculptural forms. They grow slowly and are great for small spaces or plant owners who prefer a hands-off approach. Their bold forms work well in a minimalist design and add an exotic feel to any space.
What are some cactus care tips?
Plant cacti in a well-draining potting mix. I like to use a commercial mix to keep things simple, but you can make your own cactus soil by combining one part potting soil with one part grit, perlite, pumice, or a combination. These plants are light feeders and do not require any added fertilizer in the potting mix. You can feed them a couple times during the growing season, but do so sparingly. A commercial organic cactus food is a good choice to prevent overfeeding. Cacti need 4-6 hours of bright direct light daily to thrive, so set the pot in a sunny window, preferably south facing. Outdoors, plant your cacti in full sun, although cacti can get sunburned, so provide some afternoon shade if you live in a hot climate.