Should I fertilize a succulent/cactus???

Yes, I suggest to use fertilizer during growing season, especially if the plants have not been repotted for some time as they already used all the nutrients from their soil. 

It can be the same fertilizer as for the other plants, but you must remember that cacti/succies need low nitrogen (unlike others plants), but they like high level of phosphorus. So any of cacti/succie designed fertilizer will be better. Use it diluted in half.

As you already know, cacti/succies don’t need lots of water, the same situation is with fertilizer. Overfeeding them will be just as dangerous as overwatering. So 1 or 2 feedings during the growing season is enough to make your plant happy.

I hope you will find my post useful 

Happy growing!

Guide to repotting (from my experience)

I already wrote a post about caring for cacti and succulents, in which I talked (among others) about choosing a soil and pots for your plant

As I can see, many of young growers are confused about repotting (I was confused too), so I decided to show you some very important secrets to successful repotting of course all from my experience and all tested on my plants (as some of you already know – I have more than 500, and still growing).

1. If you are going to repot succulent or cactus, let the soil dry out completely before you start.

2. If you recently bought your plant from the nursery, remove your plant out of the pot and remove as much nursery soil as possible. 99% of the nursery soils nurseries use is not correct for succulents nor cacti, so you will always be scared of overwatering. Check the roots, cut off all the rotted roots, check for pests.

– tip 1 from my experience – repotting is the first thing I do after bringing home a new plant.

– tip 2 – if your plant’s soil is soggy wet when you bought it – move it out of the pot, place it on a paper towel to help him dry as soon as possible – it can save his life. (remember to not leave him in a full sun – it will burn him!)

3. If your plant is already in cactus/succulent soil, you don’t need to remove the old soil.

4. Place your plant in the pot, fill up with soil, and you are done!

– tip 3 – I always put rocks at the bottom of the pot, there are two reasons why:

• as the cactus soil is (should be) very light – it will stop the soil from falling out from the draining whole during watering 

• most of the succulents love to attach their roots to rocks in case of hurricanes or other natural disasters 

– tip 4 – never water your plants right after repotting. Let them settle in a new pot for a week or so, then you can start your normal watering routine.

I hope this post will help some of you and your plants.

Let me know in comments if you’re still confused I will try to help. Thanks for reading, happy growing!

Few tips for young growers (from my experience)

1. Soil.

It’s always a hard time to get perfect soil.

For sure, soil must be well draining.

But if you mix with perlite/pumice which is very good but super light, the soil became very light too, so heavier succies/cactis tend to get wobbly. I usually put a thick layer of rocks at the bottom of the pot to help succies lach on to the pot and rocks so that they don’t go swimming out of their pots. Currently I’m mixing cacti soil with perlite and small amount of local soil which is very rocky, and it looks like they like it.

2. Pot.

It is good to know the name of your plant, so you can check from what country/region your succie/cacti originate, and you can choose the proper pot. Some of them like deep pots, some better like shallow.

From my experience I’m sure that clay pots are much better than plastic and it makes a big difference.

For guide to repotting read this post:

3. Watering

Another big problem for all growers.

Golden rule: it is always better to dry your plant out a little than rot it!

Most important – water only if the soil is absolutely dry.

Don’t spray with water using spray bottle, (unless during propagation), because the roots will grow up to the surface, and your plant will never root properly. The best technic is to put them in a bowl, give them a lot of water, let them soak for about 5 minutes and take them out. Of course this method works well if you have well draining soil.

And never listen when someone tells you to water once a month, or once a week or something, because all depend on where do you live, what humidity is in your area, what soil do you use and even if your plant is in a plastic or in a clay pot.

How To: Plant Succulent and cactus seeds

Hello fellow succulent person! Recently I saw lots of questions on this topic, so obviously I have to make a tutorial on it. So let’s get started!

This post will be divided into sections/chapters, so it will be easier to find what you’re looking for (I hope)

Part One- Obtaining the Seeds

To plant them, you obviously need to get them from somewhere. There are a few options. Polinating, Finding or buying. For this I am using ones I found from my own anacampseros plant. (Make sure NOT to buy echeveria seeds, they have an expiration date of three days, and after that only a few will grow)

Here Is a guide on how to polinate.

Part Two- Supplies

To do this you will need a few supplies-

•Plastic container with clear lid

•Cactus Soil

•Seedling Soil (I’ll show you how to make it)

•Spray Bottle (with water)

•A warm place to keep them

•A drill, Rotary Carver, or scissors

•A paper towl

•Be Paciente

(Drill or make a few small holes into the bottom of the containter, for drainage)

How to make seedling soil

Get a sift (the ones used for four). Put cactus soil in it, and sift it. This might take a while, but you only need a little. You should get some Perlite, bark, pebble, and cocoa fiber free soil.

Part Three- Planting

Place a piece of paper towl down on the bottom of the container. Spray it with water until it lays down flat. Get regular cactus soil and at a layer that is two inches or one and a half deep at the bottom of the container.

Get your seeds and sprinkle them evenly around of the soil.

Sprinkle a very thin layer of seedling soil over the seeds.

Mist the whole thing with water

Then close the lid and keep them in a warm dark place, preferably indoors. Check on them every second day and soray them with water every second day.

Wait a few weeks, it might even take months for some species. But eventually they should start growing.

Hope you enjoyed my technique. Hope you’re babys grow!