August 9, 2017

How To Grow Beatiful Cactus

When I was a kid, I heard from old folks that it is not good to have cactus in the house because it'll make family relationships thorny (unstable). Aside from that, I actually didn't like this plant before because I pricked myself several times with a cactus while playing in a neighbor's garden.

At 44, I've outgrown this pamahiin (myth). I'm actually turning to be a big fan of cactus for four reasons, namely, it is affordable (sells around 3 to for P100 or P50 each), it is easy to maintain (you only need to water it when the soil  begins to dry, and it can stand extreme heat, and it's fun seeing them sprout as it produces different shapes and sizes.

Cactus is a unique and stark beauty! I'm growing so fond of this surprising plant that I now have several pots decorated in the whole house.

Growing desert cactus is actually easy because it is among the toughest of all houseplants. These pretty simple rules applies in the Philippines:

1. Light: Strong light is essential. Temperature: During the active growth period, cacti prefer hot, dry temperatures, ranging from 70ºF to more than 80ºF.

2. Only water if  the soil  begins to dry.

3. Cactus are slow-growing plants and will rarely need repotting. Many species of cacti will bloom better when they are slightly under potted.

4. I didn't event use fertilizer to grow my cactus but if you feel like using fertilizer, go ahead.

5. The most common mistake is over watering cactus so make sure to keep it away from palyful kids. Or do remind them, that mommy is the only one who will water the cactus.

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