How to Keep Cacti Happy

By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

Cacti and succulents are gaining popularity among plant enthusiasts. These plants have shown no sign of leaving the spotlight because not only do they look pretty, they are also easy to grow.

If you’re thinking of getting a cactus or have been given one as a gift, here, here are some tips from a commercial grower on how to take care of them:

  1. Find out the right amount of sunlight the plants need

    Most people know that cacti and succulents require a decent amount of sunlight in order to survive. Take note that there are some types that can only tolerate a specific amount of light and, on the contrary, even prefer a degree of shade. It’s important to find out the type of plants to know what kind of conditions they prefer.
  1. Water according to the weather

    Before you think of giving plants a cup (or more) of liquid love, it’s best to know the water capacity for each one. Some need a lot of water, while other only need minimal to none. Despite needing less water, the growth of cacti and succulents can be dramatically boosted by watering them once every five days. But when the rainy season comes around, lessen the watering to once a month to keep the cacti from rotting due to excessive water amounts or even drowning.

Since cacti and succulents don’t need fertilizing; if given the right amount of sunlight and water that they need to thrive, they tend to become low-maintenance and easy to care for especially if the owner has a rather hectic schedule.

All that’s left now is to be mindful of the spikes and just enjoy watching them grow.

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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