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Cacti and Succulent Care

Light: 

Place cacti and succulents in the best possible light throughout the year, a south-facing window would be ideal.  Continuous hot afternoon sun in summer months can cause discolouration or sun spots so limit direct afternoon sun if this occurs.

Water: 

Water moderately from spring to autumn using rainwater or distilled water over tap water if possible.  Let the soil dry out in between waterings. Never let these plants sit in water! Water more in the Summer months and less in Winter months.  

Temperature:

Ideally, they prefer daytime temperatures between 21-30ºC.  Slightly cooler in winter but no lower than 5 °C.

Fertilizer:

A 10-10-10 fertilizer diluted to 1/4 strength is ideal, feeding in spring and summer.  

Potting:

Cactus and succulent potting mixes are available commercially, normally called ‘Cacti soil’. The most important characteristic is that the soil should drain very well.  

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