Information About General Cactus Care

Cactus plants are typically associated with desert climates, but both cacti and succulents make excellent landscaping plants nearly anywhere. You can even grow cactus indoors in containers. These plants require little maintenance and are easy to grow. Cactus pests and problems are also minimal but can be dealt with easily with the right cactus plant care. Read on to learn about growing cactus plants.

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Winter Care For Succulents: Keeping Succulents Alive Through Winter

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Keeping succulents alive through winter is possible, and not complicated once you learn what they need. Overwintering soft succulents indoors is the best way to ensure they live if you?re in an area with cold winters. This article will help get you started.

Crested Succulent Info: Understanding Crested Succulent Mutations

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

You may have heard of cresting succulents or even own a succulent plant with a crested succulent mutation. Perhaps, you’re wondering what is a crested succulent? We’ll explain how this mutation happens to a succulent plant in this article.

Succulents And Rainwater: What’s The Best Water For Succulents

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Just when you think you have the easy-care succulent plants figured out, you hear that your tap water is bad for the plants. Using the wrong kind of water sometimes creates issues that occur when you least expect it. Learn more about what kind of water to use here.

Succulent Potting Soil Recipes: How To Make A Soil Mix For Succulents

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

As home gardeners begin growing succulent plants, they’re told to use a fast-draining soil. Succulent potting soil needs adequate drainage to keep water from remaining on the shallow roots of these plants for any length of time. Learn more in this article.

Succulent Planting Time: When To Plant Succulents In Different Areas

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Curious about when is the best succulent planting time? We’ll answer your question of “when do I plant succulents and cacti” and add some tips on keeping your new plantings healthy and happy in this article. Click here for more information.

Succulents In The Garden – How To Prepare Outdoor Succulent Soil

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Planting a succulent bed in your garden is tricky. Careful consideration is necessary about which plants to use, where to locate the garden, and how to protect the plants from the elements. One thing you can do first is prepare the soil. This article will help with that.

Succulent Fertilizer Needs – Tips For Fertilizing Cacti And Succulents

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

More often these days, indoor gardeners are experimenting with growing succulents. They’re realizing there’s quite a bit of difference between growing succulents and the traditional houseplants. One of these differences is feeding succulents and cacti. Learn more here.

Cold Hardy Succulents: Tips For Growing Succulents Outside In Winter

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Growing succulents as houseplants is becoming more popular with indoor gardeners. Many of these same gardeners are not aware of cold hardy succulents to grow outside. This article provides information on cold hardy succulents for outdoor growing.

Succulent Plant Pruning – How And When To Prune Succulents

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

There are many reasons for pruning succulent plants. Cactus care and pruning is sometimes similar and usually discussed when advising how to prune a succulent. Click here to learn more about succulent plant pruning and the reasons for doing so.

Watering Succulent Plants: How And When To Water A Succulent Plant

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Watering succulent plants is likely the essential part of growing them, so we want to get it right. Keep in mind that overwatering is the most common cause of succulent death. Learn the correct way to water succulents and when in this article.

Potted Succulent Plants: How To Care For Succulents In Containers

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

In many areas, you?ll want to grow your outdoor succulents in pots. They can be easily moved when necessary, and succulents are well suited to the confines of a potted environment. But caring for these plants properly is crucial. Learn more in this article.

My Succulent Is Too Tall: How To Prune A Leggy Succulent Plant

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

When it comes to drought tolerant plants, most succulents win the prize. That said, mature plants and those in low light result in leggy succulent plants. If you want to know what to do if succulents grow too tall, this article will help with care and prevention.

Aspergillus Alliaceus Info: Treating Stem And Branch Rot In Cacti

By Kristi Waterworth

Keeping cactus is an exercise in patience. Their very presence in the landscape or home make them feel like cornerstone plants in your environment. That?s why it?s so important to recognize the onset of cactus diseases like stem and branch rot. Learn more here.

Growing Monocarpic Succulents: What Succulents Are Monocarpic

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Even the best gardeners may find a succulent plant just suddenly dies on them. The plant might be monocarpic. What are monocarpic succulents? Click this article for some monocarpic succulent information so you can feel better about the demise of the plant.

Marmorata Succulent Information – What Are Marmorata Succulents

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Marmorata refers to a distinctive marbling pattern on the stems or leaves of a plant. In the plant trade, marbled patterns are unique and add interest to the plant. Learn how to grow marmorata succulents here and enjoy up close and personal this interesting anomaly.

Succulent Terrarium Care: How To Make A Succulent Terrarium And Care For It

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Because succulents do not like wet environments, a few tips and adjustments to the traditional terrarium are required. Click this article to find out how to make a succulent terrarium that will keep the little plants happy and healthy.

What Is Cactus Sunscald: Tips On Treating Cactus Sunscald In Gardens

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer

Opuntia are lovely cactus plants that can be planted in an outdoor desert garden or kept as a houseplant. Unfortunately, there are several common diseases that can attack these beautiful plants. One of the most serious diseases is cactus sunscald. Learn more here.

Succulent Mite Control: Getting Rid Of Mites That Affect Succulents

By Amy Grant

Succulents, like all plants, are susceptible to pest infestations. Sometimes, the pests are readily visible and at other times difficult to see, but their damage is obvious. An example of this is succulent mite damage. Learn more succulent mites in this article.

Rotting Cactus Treatment – Causes Of Stem Rot On Cactus

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

You can go to almost any store and purchase a mix of live cacti and succulents. By the time you purchase them, they could have been severely neglected, watered improperly and sitting on death's doorstep because of Dreschlera fungus. Learn more here.

Rotting Cactus Plants: Learn About Erwinia Soft Rot In Cactus

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Cacti are susceptible to a number of rot diseases, just like any other plant. While oftentimes cactus rot diseases are caused by too much water and humidity, this article will specifically discuss Erwinia soft rot in cactus plants.

Fusarium Cactus Diseases: Signs Of Fusarium Rot In Cactus

By Liz Baessler

Fusarium oxyporum is the name of a fungus that can affect a wide range of plants. It?s common in vegetables, but it?s also a real problem with cacti. Click here to learn more about signs of fusarium wilt in cactus plants and methods for treating fusarium on cactus.

What Is A Cactus Longhorn Beetle – Learn About Longhorn Beetles On Cactus

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Longhorn beetles on cactus won't eat the plant, but their young can cause some damage. Cactus longhorn beetles live in the southwestern United States, especially in the Sonoran Desert. Learn more about these insects and their possible control in this article.

Root Knot Nematode Control: Tips For Managing Nematodes In Cactus

By Liz Baessler

Root knot nematodes are very common among most cactus species. This article has more information about how to detect cactus root nematodes and the best methods for managing nematodes in cactus roots.

Am I Watering My Cactus Too Much: Symptoms Of Overwatering In Cactus

By Liz Baessler

Cacti ought to be some of the easiest plants to grow. Unfortunately, it?s hard to accept just how little maintenance they really need, and plenty of cactus owners accidentally kill them with kindness by watering them too much. Learn more in this article.

Cactus Fungus Treatment – Learn About Fungal Lesions On Cactus

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Fungal lesions on cactus may be caused by any number of fungal types, but the important things to note are what causes them to colonize and how to prevent their damage. Use the information from this article to help minimize or alleviate this damage.

Cochineal Scale On Cactus – How To Treat Cochineal Scale Bugs

By Amy Grant

If you have prickly pear or cholla cacti in your landscape, you?ve probably been confronted with a cottony white mass on the surface of the plants. This may be a tell-tale sign of the presence of cochineal scale bugs. Learn more in this article.

Cactus Scab Treatment: Learn About Scab Diseases Of Cactus

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Gardeners must be ever vigilant when it comes to diseases on their plants. Often, a speedy diagnosis can help prevent more damage. This is the case with scab of cactus. What is cactus scab? Learn more in the article that follows.

Reviving A Frozen Cactus Plant – How To Care For A Frozen Cactus

By Teo Spengler

Even in summer toasty regions of Arizona, temperatures can dip down to below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 C.) in winter. This can result in freeze damage to cactus. Can a frozen cactus be saved? Learn what to do for a cactus damaged by cold in this article.

Cactus Sunburn Treatment: How To Save A Sunburned Cactus Plant

By Amy Grant

A fairly common problem occurs when a cactus becomes yellow on the most sun exposed side of the plant. Can a cactus plant get sunburned? If so, is there a cactus sunburn treatment? Click this article to learn more about caring for a sunburned cactus.

Cactus Anthracnose Control: Tips For Treating Fungal Diseases In Cactus

By Amy Grant

Cacti seem to be hardy and fairly resistant to problems, but fungal diseases in cactus can be a major issue. An example of this is anthracnose fungus in cactus. Is there any effective cactus anthracnose control? Find out about treating anthracnose in cactus here.

Moving A Cactus Plant: How To Transplant A Cactus In The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Occasionally, mature cactus plants have to be moved. Moving cacti in the landscape, especially large specimens, can be a challenge. This following article contains tips on how to transplant a cactus without harm to you or the plant.

Cactus Plant Protection – How To Keep Rodents Away From Cactus

For some gardeners, rodents feeding on cactus can become a serious problem. Poison is one option, but you take the risk of harming birds and wildlife. If you?re wondering how to keep rodents away from cactus, click this article for a few suggestions.

How Often Do You Need To Water A Cactus Plant?

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

How often do you need to water a cactus plant? There is more to how to water a cactus than the timing. You also need the correct soil porosity, container drainage, site conditions and time of year. This article provides more information on watering cactus plants.

Succulent Container Ideas: Unusual Containers For Succulents

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

As long as an object can hold the soil, drain well and evaporate excess water, it can probably hold a succulent. Let's investigate some unusual containers for succulents and see what kind of creative setting you can find for your plants. Learn more here.

Fertilizing Cactus Plants: When And How To Fertilize A Cactus

By Kimberly Hall

Wondering how to fertilize a cactus plant can present a bit of a dilemma, because the first question that comes to mind is ?Does a cactus need fertilizer, really?? Find out and learn more about fertilizing cactus plants.

Succulent Plant Info: Learn About Types Of Succulents And How They Grow

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Succulents are a group of plants with one of the most diverse forms, colors and blooms. Click this article for some fun succulent plant info so you can get started collecting the myriad of varieties available in this special class of plant.

Glochid Spines: Learn About Plants With Glochids

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Cacti are amazing plants with unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in inhospitable terrain. One of these adaptations is spines such as glochids. Learn more about plants with glochids in this article and how to get rid of them.

Cactus Pruning Info: How And When To Prune A Cactus Plant

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

It might surprise you to find that cacti can and do need to be pruned now and then. Cactus pruning is not always necessary and when to prune a cactus plant will depend upon why you are trimming it. Learn more in this article.

Cactus Repotting Info: When And How Should I Repot My Cactus

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Cacti are low maintenance plants for the home with a ton of character and a vast array of form. Many gardeners ask ?should I repot my cactus?? Read here for tips on how to repot a cactus and do it without spending the rest of the day picking spines out of your hands.

Holiday Cactus Varieties: What Are The Different Types Of Holiday Cactus

The three common holiday cacti, named for time of year the blooms appear, include Thanksgiving cactus, Christmas cactus and Easter cactus. All three are easy to grow and have similar growth habits and care requirements. Learn more here.

Xerophytic Garden Design: How To Use Xerophyte Desert Plants In The Landscape

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Xerophyte desert plants are a perfect example of adapted plants. Gardening with xerophytes allows you to exploit their special characteristics, and this article will help you learn more about them.

Grafted Cactus Care: Tips For Grafting Cactus Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Grafting cactus plants is a straightforward method of propagation which even a novice gardener can try. Different species work better with different methods but a brief cactus grafting guide follows with basic instructions on how to graft a cactus in this article.

Removing Offsets From Cactus: How To Remove Cactus Pups On Plant

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

One of the easiest methods of plant propagation is by removing cactus pups. Many species of cactus are known for growing cactus pups, which carry the identical characteristics of the parent. Learn how to remove cactus pups on plants in this article.

Cactus Potting Soil – Proper Planting Mix For Cacti Plants Indoors

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Cactus potting soil can enhance drainage, increase evaporation and provide the dry conditions that cacti favor. What is cactus mix? Learn more in this article. Click here for additional information.

Cactus Problems: Why Is My Cactus Going Soft

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Cactus problems may range from sucking pests, like whitefly, to common rots from bacteria or fungal disease. One of the telltale signs of a problem is a soft, mushy cactus. Learn more in this article.

Oozing Cactus Plants: Reasons For Sap Leaking From A Cactus

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

It can be frustrating to find one of your prized cactus plants leaking sap. Do not let this put you off, however. Take a look at reasons for sap leaking from a cactus plant in this article and how to fix the issue.

A Succulent Garden Outside – How To Plant An Outdoor Succulent Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Succulent garden design is appropriate for warm, temperate and even cold season locations. Learn a little about how to plan an outdoor succulent garden in the article that follows.

Cactus Landscaping – Types Of Cactus For The Garden

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Cacti and succulents make outstanding landscaping plants. They require little maintenance, grow in a variety of climates, and are easy to care for and grow. Get tips on growing cacti outdoors in this article.

Hanging Succulent Plants – Learn About Types Of Hanging Cactus

By Kathee Mierzejewski

If you are someone who has always been partial to hanging baskets, yet you like cacti and succulent plants, you might be wondering, "What are my choices?" There are plenty, and this article will help.

Cacti And Succulents Inside Your Home

By Heather Rhoades

Growing cacti and succulents can be an addictive pastime! There are a number of varieties that can be easily grown and cared for. This article focuses on growing cactus and succulent plants indoors.

Propagating Cacti And Succulents

By Heather Rhoades

There are quite a few ways to take cuttings off succulent plants, so it's no wonder why it may seem intimidating. Read here to get information on cacti and succulent propagation.

Exotic Showstoppers: Beautiful Succulents

By Heather Rhoades

Succulent plants are not only easy to care for but provide a wealth of intriguing shapes and stunning colors. Read this article to learn more about these plants and how to grow them nearly anywhere.

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