Cacti are flowering plants with succulent/water-storing stems. They have different types of spines—some are soft and feathery to protect the plant from intense sunlight, while others are sharp for protection.
Cacti are often thought of as strictly desert plants, but many species are found in a number of habitats. For example, the prickly pear cactus can be found growing natively here in Ohio! They are a great, easy-to-care-for plant, especially if you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to plant care.
How To Care For Your Cacti
Light: Cacti love to soak up lots of sunlight. Place them in the warmest, sunniest spots in your home! Make sure they receive full direct sun, spring through fall. They also love to go outside for a little sunny vacation in the summer! Be sure to bring them inside when nighttime temps reach 50 degrees F and below.
Water: Cacti often survive without too much water, as they can store it in their fleshy stems. In a sunny location, which gives them plenty of heat during the day, you can give them water every month. During the winter, you can water every 6-8 weeks!
Soil: Cacti prefer well-draining soil. This helps keep the plant dry between drinks and prevent root rot. We mix our Arizona Cactus Soil Mix in-shop for use while potting, or for purchase to take to your home! It is a mix of perlite, clay, charcoal (helps to prevent root rot), and soil!