People who care for living things especially plants have been proven to receive health benfits. Cacti are reletavly easy to care for look good and can improve your health. So how do you care for your first cactus?
Ever since I was a child I have always had a cacti in my room, my first was a Rebutia Albipilosa (with a beautiful red flower) that my brother left behind when he went to university. I believe everyone should have something living in their house to look after and cacti are something which are relatively easy to keep. Indeed studies show that the psychological benefits of caring for something can greatly increase your own sense of self achievement and positively correlate with self reported happiness levels.
So you are going to buy your first cactus! Fantastic (and about time too). With the appropriate care and attention your cactus (or succulent) can thrive and flower beautifully, providing your home or garden with amazing colour. In order to see this explosion of colour however there are some essential (but relatively simple) steps you must enact.
Firstly, which cactus to buy? For a first time cactus buyer this is a simple step. By going to your local garden centre or supply shop you will be able to take a look at the range available to you. If it is summer time you will be able to see the flowers in bloom, however, if not simply ask the staff to tell you which cacti flower in which colour. Base your decision on the shape and colour you personally like, in future you can do some more detailed research once you have gained the basic experience with your first cactus Also if your prefer there are several site you can find online which deliver cacti to your door.
Soil! Soil! Soil! The soil you use for your cactus is essential! Normal plant compost/soil will not suffice as cacti need fast draining soil to prevent their roots from rotting. Cacti compost should have a high sand content as well as being gritty and free-draining. This specific soil should be available from your local gardening store or online for a low cost ($2 – $3, £1 – £2). Do not be put off by the large amount you have to buy in one package as this can be stored and used for re potting which will need to be done regularly to begin with. I personally like to put a layer of stones in the bottom of the pot to add to the drainage capabilities of the soil, and placing a few on top of the soil can add to the aesthetics.
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