To be able to have greens in one’s living space is always great. There are plants that are perfect for home whether you live in an apartment or a mansion! Adding to that if they are low maintenance houseplants then you are definitely in for a treat!
Cacti or succulents are much preferred for their low maintenance needs, but we must warn you that most cacti have spikes which makes them extremely difficult to remove from the skin. So it’s always best to be wearing gloves while handling them.
Cacti is the best houseplant you can have. It doesn’t need too much water and rarely requires repotting.
When do we know they need to be repotted? The first noticeable sign is when the roots start poking through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot, it is time to transplant them. Since they grow slowly they typically need transplanting every 3-4 years.
Most of the cacti varieties are adorned with sharp spines that act as protection for the plant, thus making the transplanting a little difficult and sometimes even dangerous.
Some things that will aid you in keeping your hands safe are
Use a pair of metal tongs
Invest in a good and thick pair of gardening gloves.
The best time to do this is during the summer when the plant has entered its active growing period. This will ensure that the plant will recover from being handled/transferred and get accustomed to its new surroundings.
Here are some instructions to keep in mind
1. Remove the cactus from the old pot
Wrap the cactus in a newspaper so that you can get a hold of it (but always make sure you are anyway wearing gloves while doing this). Loosen the soil around the edges of the pot, gently wiggle the root ball out of the old pot, and lay the cactus on your working surface.
2. Loosen the soil around the roots
After you remove the cactus, you will need to loosen the roots and remove the old soil from it. This will be a delicate process hence make sure you take it slow and not break too many roots.
3. Oversee the roots and if needed trim them
It is always good to review and scan the exposed roots to see for any signs of pests or diseases. If needed cut them out and apply a fungicide if required.
4. Pick out the new pot
If you are someone who overwaters, then make sure you pick a clay/terracotta pot. Unglazed clay pots their specialty is to absorb all the excess moisture in the soil and prevents overwatering. Whatever type of pot you choose, make sure that the drainage hole is at the bottom.
5. Plant it
A few things to do is buy cactus soil at the store or you can even make your own. Fill the bottom of the new pot with the soil mixture. The next step is to gently place the cactus in the pot and hold it in place while you fill the pot with the soil mixture. Reminder - do not water the freshly transplanted cactus, it needs some time to adjust to its new environment. After a week you can start the regular watering.
Cactus as houseplants are hardy and adaptable and most of them can handle repotting if they are healthy. Ensure that you give them enough sunlight and ventilation this enables them to have new growth almost instantaneously.