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4 Care Tips For Your Cactus

Because having a green thumb is so en Vogue.
4 Care Tips For Your Cactus Because having a green thumb is so en Vogue.

I think it was a photo of Victoria Beckham wearing gardening boots and a Stephen Jones tweed hat in Vogue UK’s August 2014 issue that convinced me that having a green thumb would become the new black. Next thing I knew, everyone’s flatlays featured some sort of potted thing juxtaposed with their Macbooks and magazines. Finally, I convinced myself to try and take care of a cactus (it was a giveaway from an event we attended). But sadly after five months, I arrived at the office on a Monday morning to find my plant looking like it never got out of its Biyernes Santo slump. Here are a few care tips I should have taken note of.

TIP #1: PAY ATTENTION TO LIGHT.

Many cacti and succulents are well adapted to living indoors. Placing them near a bright window would be best or if natural light is insufficient, a cool white fluorescent tube will suffice. Of course you still need to turn them around and let them have their sun once in a while.

TIP #2: DON’T OVER WATER.

Over watering is the worst enemy of cacti. One way to find out if they have enough water is through the Popsicle test: Place a Popsicle stick in the soil. If the soil sticks to the stick when removed, then there’s no need for you to water it yet.

TIP #3: DRAIN YOUR SOIL.

Cacti prefer drained soil so be sure to empty the base saucers of excess waters. The best is a mix of two parts compost, one part red soil, and a half part sand. Cacti don’t need a lot of fertilizing, though it would help once in a while.

TIP#4: PEST CONTROL.

Check your plant every now and then for pests and insects. Your worst nightmare would be realizing that it’s the breeding ground of your office roaches. Eww!

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