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Old 12-05-2005, 02:10 PM   #1
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How Often Do Cactus Plants need to be watered?

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?

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Rarely.
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Old 12-05-2005, 02:10 PM   #3
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What kind is it and what is it planted in?
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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.
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Old 12-05-2005, 02:13 PM   #5
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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.
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oh, those bastards...

they are in sooper smal pots. i'd transplant them into bigger pots to see better results...
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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.
So once every 2-4 weeks?

That's great, thanks Aleks!
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So once every 2-4 weeks?
Go more for the four week mark...
They should be dry, dry, dry...
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less... i'd say once a month.
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Old 12-05-2005, 02:17 PM   #10
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oh, those bastards...

they are in sooper smal pots. i'd transplant them into bigger pots to see better results...
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
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What about direct sunlight as compared to the shade. What's healthier for these suckers?
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What about direct sunlight as compared to the shade. What's healthier for these suckers?

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If they start pulsing theres tarantulas inside making babies, it happend to an aunt of a friend of mine.
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every 1-2 weeks in the growing season (summer) and every 2-4 weeks in the winter.

there's my 2 pennies
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If they start pulsing theres tarantulas inside making babies, it happend to an aunt of a friend of mine.
thats frikkin awsome

thats why i wouldnt get the ikea cacti..i'd go to a garden centre and get em proper
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Old 12-05-2005, 02:28 PM   #16
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What about direct sunlight as compared to the shade. What's healthier for these suckers?
are they prickly? if so, you should keep them in the fridge.
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Old 12-05-2005, 02:35 PM   #17
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planting them in bigger pots, and still minimally watering them, seems to favour their growth.
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....
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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 :|
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wow...cacti are so low maintenance and sarah and I managed to not keep one alive in university! how terrible is that!! hah
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What does a dead cactus look like?
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Old 12-05-2005, 05:23 PM   #21
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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.
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Re: How Often Do Cactus Plants need to be watered?

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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?

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Geez! You don't even listen to me, do you? I guess I studied horticulture for nothing.
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What does a dead cactus look like?
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Apparently it looks something like this:


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Geez! You don't even listen to me, do you? I guess I studied horticulture for nothing.
hah! I listened and you said to me not too often my dear!
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