How to care for your Cactus

While all plants in the Cactus family have roughly the same care, there are some unique things you should know about each individual species. These will help you better understand your plant and build a relationship with it.

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What's a Cactus?

Botanical Classification: Cactaceae (family)


Cacti are some of the most care-free houseplants. Found in desert climates in the wild, they can survive considerable drought–often going weeks between waterings.


Cacti occur in many shapes and sizes, but a common characteristic nearly all of them share are sharp spines covering the body of the plant. The root system of a cactus is shallow and fine, making them sensitive to repotting and somewhat fragile. Though they can go weeks without water, cacti need plenty of sunshine to truly thrive.

Fun Fact

Some plants you think are cacti are actually succulents!

Pictured Left: Prickly Pear Cactus
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When repotting or moving your cactus, wear leather work gloves and use kitchen tongs to gently handle the spikes and to avoid pricks.
- Plant Mom

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