Do you also want to give your cactus or succulent plant the best care? We have listed the three most important points in this post. This way you can take good care of your plants and you may even have a friend for life. Some cactus species can easily outgrow us. The three important points when caring for your cactus and succulent are light, water and nutrition.
Most cacti and succulents are real sun worshippers, so it is always preferable to place them in a place with direct sunlight. There are a few exceptions, but these cacti and succulents also need a light spot. Usually these plants grow in nature under another larger plant. As a result, they do not directly get the light of the sun on themselves. You can find out which types this is the case in the care description at the bottom of the product articles.
If you would like to put your cactus or succulent plant outside so that it can enjoy the sun, you should definitely do that. Most cacti and succulents like this very much. In the beginning, watch out for sunburn. This is actually the same as when we sit on the beach all day on the first warm summer day without sunburn. So let them get used to the harshness of the sun first by building it up over a few days.
Cacti and succulents that are not hardy can be put outside from the beginning of May to the end of October. Make sure that there is no night frost. So give your cactus or succulent plant a light to sunny place and you have the point “light” in the pocket.
How Do I Know If My Cactus Or Succulent Plant Is Getting Enough Light?
Cacti and succulents will show you this automatically, they will then continue to grow in the same shape and colour. Does the plant suddenly grow tall and stretched? Or does the new growth have a much lighter green-white color? These are two clear signs that you need to move the cactus or succulent to a lighter spot.
Cacti and succulents grow in places in nature where not much water falls. There can be no water for months and then suddenly a lot. Sometimes so much that they just wash away. Watering varies by season. In the summer, your cactus or succulent will like it if it is watered more often than in the winter. When you water a cactus or succulent plant, two things are very important:
1) When the soil is still wet (this also applies to the soil at the bottom of the pot), you do not need to water the cactus or succulent yet.
2) Water in proportion to the size of your cactus or succulent plant. Cacti and succulents do not absorb more water than they are large. Part of the water you give evaporates and part is absorbed by the plant. If you water too much, the soil will remain wet/damp for an unnecessarily long time. A cactus and succulent does not like to be wet for a long time.
There are differences in how often a cactus or succulent plant needs water per season. That is why we have indicated this at the bottom of the care description for each product item.
A cactus or succulent plant could do without food. In nature, there is also no one who occasionally gives them tasty plant food. But that doesn’t mean your cactus or succulent can appreciate a little nutrition every now and then. This helps them to support growth and maintains the plant’s resistance. The latter is useful for pests and fungi. We recommend feeding once a month during the growing period. More frequent feeding is really not necessary for cacti and succulents. With too much nutrition, the plants get a bloated appearance. The growth period is again stated at the bottom of each product article in the care description.