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How Often Do Cactus Plants need to be watered?

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Resolver, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. Resolver

    Resolver TRIBE Member

    I picked up a few baby Cacti on the weekend and was wondering how often they need to be watered. Does anybody out there know?

    Res
     
  2. MissBlu

    MissBlu TRIBE Member

    Rarely.
     
  3. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member

    What kind is it and what is it planted in?
     
  4. Aleks

    Aleks TRIBE Member

    don't water them often at all. definately don't apply h2o if the soil is wet. let them dry out for a couple of weeks, if not a month.
     
  5. Resolver

    Resolver TRIBE Member

    Im not too sure what kind the cacti are DIWC but they're just babies. I picked them up at IKEA in a package of 3.
     
  6. Aleks

    Aleks TRIBE Member

    oh, those bastards...

    they are in sooper smal pots. i'd transplant them into bigger pots to see better results...
     
  7. Resolver

    Resolver TRIBE Member

    So once every 2-4 weeks?

    That's great, thanks Aleks!
     
  8. MissBlu

    MissBlu TRIBE Member

    Go more for the four week mark...
    They should be dry, dry, dry...
     
  9. Aleks

    Aleks TRIBE Member

    less... i'd say once a month.
     
  10. smokeyeyes

    smokeyeyes TRIBE Member

    yes.

    cacti typically have very extensive root systems in order to draw water from a wide area, given than in their natural climate and state, there isn't much of it.

    planting them in bigger pots, and still minimally watering them, seems to favour their growth.

    at least, that's what i've found in my personal experience with them
     
  11. Resolver

    Resolver TRIBE Member

    What about direct sunlight as compared to the shade. What's healthier for these suckers?
     
  12. MissBlu

    MissBlu TRIBE Member


    SUN
     
  13. Hi i'm God

    Hi i'm God TRIBE Member

    If they start pulsing theres tarantulas inside making babies, it happend to an aunt of a friend of mine. :eek:
     
  14. scruffy1

    scruffy1 TRIBE Member

    every 1-2 weeks in the growing season (summer) and every 2-4 weeks in the winter.

    there's my 2 pennies
     
  15. quantumize

    quantumize TRIBE Member

    thats frikkin awsome

    thats why i wouldnt get the ikea cacti..i'd go to a garden centre and get em proper
     
  16. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    are they prickly? if so, you should keep them in the fridge.
     
  17. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member

    Agree on this...

    I'd water them rarely (once a month) but it totally depends on how big the pot is and how much root structure they have, as isa said....
     
  18. Gunark

    Gunark TRIBE Member

    i need to take a picture of my monster cactus.... about 2 years ago i took it outside, it got too much sunlight, the top turned orange, blah blah. I thought it was done for. But I brought it inside just to be sure. Lo and behold the top fell off and the bottom survived. Then it started growing ungainly tentacles. Two of them now extend about 2 feet out from their pot... they keep growing little roots out of their sides (there's a name for these, but i forget)...

    it's the most gawky, ungraceful thing i've ever seen... but i can't bring myself to put it out of its misery... and it just keeps growing. After a watering, i've seen it do like an inch of growth in 2 or 3 days :|
     
  19. Cri

    Cri TRIBE Member

    wow...cacti are so low maintenance and sarah and I managed to not keep one alive in university! how terrible is that!! hah
     
  20. SneakyPete

    SneakyPete TRIBE Member

    What does a dead cactus look like?
     
  21. bitchass

    bitchass TRIBE Member

    I had one awhile back and loved that whenever it was watered, it would grow noticeably. So I watered it every second day until it was bigger than the pot and actually hanging over the edge of it - until I moved the pot and it popped and spewed slimey rotten smelling goo all over my table.
     
  22. Babes

    Babes TRIBE Member

    Geez! You don't even listen to me, do you? I guess I studied horticulture for nothing.
     
  23. Resolver

    Resolver TRIBE Member



    Apparently it looks something like this:


    [IMG]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96/usernamesuck/deadcactus.jpg
     
  24. Resolver

    Resolver TRIBE Member

    Re: Re: How Often Do Cactus Plants need to be watered?

    hah! I listened and you said to me not too often my dear!
     

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