How to Water and Feed Your Cactus

Water your cacti correctly with this guide.

| June 2018

Happy Cactus (Dorling Kindersley, 2018) unearths the secrets of different cacti and succulents, with profiles on more than 50 popular varietiesCacti and succulents have a rather different watering and feeding regime to most other houseplants – timing is everything.

When to Water

Cacti and succulents will thrive and flower if you mimic the seasonal rainfall pattern in their native habitat.

Growth Period

Water your cactus every two weeks or so during its growth period. In the northern hemisphere, this is from April until early September.

Winter Rest Period

 From early September, gradually reduce watering, stopping altogether during the plant’s winter rest period – from early November to the end of February. Gradually commence watering during March.



Exceptions to the Rule

Winter-flowering cacti need to be watered every two weeks or so (and be kept warm) until they finish flowering in late autumn or early winter.

How Much Water?

Overwatering leads to root rot , which is the main cause of death in cacti and succulents. However, by following a few simple steps you can prevent this from happening:






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