Peruvian Apple Cactus
Care Instructions for a Cactus:
Watering: Cacti do not require frequent watering, and in fact, overwatering is one of the most common reasons for their demise. Water your cactus only when the soil is completely dry, usually once every two to three weeks. During the winter, reduce watering to once a month or less.
Light: Cacti need plenty of bright, direct sunlight in order to thrive. Place your cactus near a south-facing window or outside in a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sun per day. If you don't have a lot of natural light in your home, you can supplement with artificial grow lights.
Temperature: Cacti prefer warm temperatures, with a range of 70-90°F (21-32°C) during the day and 50-55°F (10-13°C) at night. They can tolerate cooler temperatures, but should be protected from frost.
Soil: Cacti require well-draining soil, such as a cactus or succulent mix. Avoid using regular potting soil, which can hold too much moisture and cause root rot.
Fertilizer: Cacti do not require frequent fertilization, but can benefit from a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once or twice a year during the growing season (spring and summer).
Repotting: Cacti should only be repotted when they outgrow their current pot, usually every two to three years. When repotting, choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one, and use fresh soil.
Overall, cacti are very low-maintenance plants that can thrive in a variety of conditions. With the right care, they can live for many years and add a unique touch to your home or office.