Cacti & Succulents

Cacti & Succulents

Cacti and succulents refer to any plant has evolved to survive in dry, arid and harsh landscapes with the ability to store water in either its leaves, stem or roots.

Most types are very easy to care for and can survive extremely lengthy periods of neglect thereby providing the perfect option for those who like plants but are too busy or lazy to look after them.

With thousands of varieties all with unique shapes, colours and sizes, Cacti and Succulents have become a popular decorative addition to the home garden.


  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    October is the ideal time to get your cacti and succulent garden organised for the long, hot summer ahead.

    Cacti and succulents are perfect for pots and containers. Varieties with a trailing habit are ideal for hanging baskets.

    In well drained soils, cacti and succulents can make good subjects for garden beds with their superb colour creating spectacular groundcover effects.

    If planting out in the garden, make sure the soil has good drainage. Sloping banks are ideal for cacti and succulents. If drainage is a problem use a raised bed.

    Potted and container plants should contain a mix consisting of a 50/50 blend of coarse river sand and free draining potting mix. Alternatively, any good garden centre will stock ready-made cacti and succulent mixes.

    When planting keep the mix barely moist and do not water for the first week.

    Cacti and succulents mainly need watering during the growing season from spring through to autumn. During winter, plants go dormant and require less watering.

    Desert varieties require full sunlight whilst rainforest specimens require indirect sunlight. In general, they all love a sunny spot.

    When re-potting, select a pot that is slightly larger than the original. Remove the plant with care and gently tease out the roots if root bound before placing into the new pot.

    Make sure to use a newspaper, cloth or gloves to protect your hands from the spikes when removing cacti from pots and containers. 

    Mulch around the plants using decorative pebbles to give the bed structure and prevent weed growth.




  • Fertiliser Applications:


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.