LIGHT:

Light is ESSENTIAL for all Cactus and Euphorbias to thrive.

Choosing the correct location for your plant is crucial, as too much or too little light can be fatal. Remember that these plants come from habitats all over the world, and some types require much more light than others. We HIGHLY recommend doing some research on your plant to try and get a better understanding of its particular needs. It will thank you.
When choosing between an indoor and outdoor home for your new friend, just imagine yourself standing outside all day in the hot desert sun with no shade from morning to night... that is “full light.” A plant that wants full light will never be happy living next to your TV, 10 feet from a window.

INDOOR:

Growing desert plants inside is always a risk, but if you choose to go this route, please help them by giving them as much light as possible. Place your cactus directly in front (12” or less) of your sunniest window. South and East facing windows are usually ideal for cacti. Rotate your cactus periodically to help it grow more evenly.

Note: If your plant is moved suddenly into very bright sunlight conditions, or if the weather suddenly turns hot with abundant sunshine, your plant can scorch. This can happen very rapidly and can scar the plant for the rest of its life, so be on alert for when such a condition might occur, and take precautions to prevent scorching.

OUTDOOR:

Choose a spot with lots of sunlight during the day but with some shade in the late afternoon. Late afternoon sun can actually burn your cactus.

Note: If your plant is moved suddenly into very bright sunlight conditions, or if the weather suddenly turns hot with abundant sunshine, your plant can scorch. This can happen very rapidly and can scar the plant for the rest of its life, so be on alert for when such a condition might occur, and take precautions to prevent scorching.

WATER:

While xerophilic plants have evolved to survive long periods of drought, to thrive they do in fact need water, sometimes lots of it. Remember that cactus have a growing season (long, warm days) and a dormant season (cooler, shorter days), and that watering generally follows these seasons.

When watering, fully soak the soil until you see water coming through the bottom of the pot. This will assure proper hydration of its roots. Remember that you are emulating a desert rain, where it pours for a day, and then goes dry for a long period. Always make sure the soil is totally dry before watering. If you keep the soil moist for too long the roots can rot. You can tell when the soil is dry by lifting the pot. If the plant is heavy, wait until it is light again to water. When in doubt, use a moisture meter.

Note: again, please do some research on your particular plant, as these are general guidelines and there will of course be exceptions. Generally plants with leaves will want more water.

Outdoor

Indoor

Note: If your plant is moved suddenly into very bright sunlight conditions, or if the weather suddenly turns hot with abundant sunshine, your plant can scorch. This can happen very rapidly and can scar the plant for the rest of its life, so be on alert for when such a condition might occur, and take precautions to prevent scorching.

FERTILIZER

We highly recommend using a balanced liquid cactus fertilizer during the growing season for all potted plants, as they will rather quickly use up the available nutrients the soil. Suspend feeding during fall and winter.

PESTS

Like all plants, Cactus and succulents are susceptible to bugs and other pests (especially indoors). There are many types, but generally if you begin to see white dots, fuzz, webs or other formations appear that were not there before, it's time to take action. Untreated some of these can kill your plant. Refer to a more detaild guide such as this one for more information on identifying and treating your problem.


EXTRA THINGS

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