What to do with Your Cacti and Succulents in the Upcoming Months
A common misconception about cacti and succulents is they're extremely difficult to kill. Which is true, as long as you provide with the correct amount of light and water. Not enough light and too much water, are the top two contributing factors to cacti and succulents' deaths.
Most of our customers ask for a blanketing 'water this every x days or weeks', but sadly it doesn't quite work like that. The amount of water your cacti and succulents need is hugely dependant upon the amount of light your plant is receiving, and the temperature. So, during very hot spells, you may need to water your cactus one ever seven days or so. The best way to see when your cactus or succulent needs watering, is to check the soil. Test the soil by using your finger, or either a pencil or chop stick, if the soil is completely dried out, then you can water your plant. It's essential to ensure your plant's soil is totally dried as cacti and succulents hate to be sitting in soggy, waterlogged soil- something that can lead to root rot.
During the month of May, your plants should now be happily growing, with some varieties even flowering. Towards the end of the month, if you have Lithops you can provide them with their first watering of the year. As we progress towards the end of the month try to provide your plants with as much fresh air as possible (weather depending), but be careful to avoid draughts.
As the weather is getting warmer, it's important to keep an eye out for any pests such as mealy bugs and spider mites who will start to become active.
May is also the most perfect time to start taking cuttings. If you have an old, sad looking plant, you can take off the healthy parts and propagate them.
As May fades into June, you can water some species once or twice a week. You can also continue to take cuttings, and can do so until the end of August. As the days are longer, and the sun stronger, be aware of any plants that aren't happy in direct light. Plants such as Epiphyllum, Rhipsalis, Ceropegias, Gasterias and Haworthias will be much happier in partial shade. You can also expect Epiphyllum's to start blooming.