Summer Care for Your Potted Cactus in Your Desert Landscape

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Potted Cactus with Recycled Glass
  • Marylee, The Potted Desert Gardener
  • Potted Cactus with Recycled Glass

Just because you have potted cactus around your home does not mean that you can ignore them all summer. Cacti have a finite space where they can go for their water and nutrients. With the desert valley’s summer heat, these life giving elements need to be replaced regularly. However, they certainly are not as needy as flowers. Follow these few tips and your cactus will thrive during the summer.

Full Sun Cactus Pot Tips:

1. Be sure the base of the plant is not buried in soil or rock. If need be, remove some soil away from the base so the top roots are exposed.

2. Add some landscape rock to the top of the soil and snug it around the plant stem(s).

3. Deep water the cactus every two weeks.

4. Use the shower setting on your hose nozzle or a watering can with a shower nozzle.

5. Water the entire area of the soil. It is fine to get the leaves and flowers wet.

6. An average of 30 seconds of the shower setting is usually enough water for a 20”-24” pot. Larger pots need a proportionate increase amount of time.

7. Water should drain out from the bottom drainage holes.

8. At the same time, use the jet setting on your hose nozzle to blast water onto all plant surfaces. This is a great way to prevent and treat pest and disease. Be sure you are doing this in the morning so the plant has plenty of time to dry during the day.

9. Use a water soluble fertilizer monthly to help replenish nutrients during its active growing season.

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Marylee is the Desert’s Potted Garden Expert. Email her with comments and questions at potteddesert@gmail.com.

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