So the weather is heating up in London and it has prompted me to start a cactus garden. The pic above is my first few cactus chilling on the shelf, minus the 70’s pots I am about to scour the car boot sales and ebay for! They are great for small rooms (standard London) and grow really well on shelves, tick tick. There is the added bonus that they wont resent you if you dont happen to have a particularly green thumb or time to nurture. Its only early days yet, but its getting to be a bit of an obsession. Certainly doesn’t help that temptation is there every Sunday : (i live on Columbia Rd and we have a flower market on this rd every Sunday). The stall holders have been really nice and given me a few pointers to a successful cactus garden::
How to keep your cactus happy:
1. SUN - think, old lady from ‘Theres Something About Mary’. They love it and need to be kept in a well lit sunny place. In winter, be sure to keep them in a room that doesnt get cold enough that they will freeze.
2. Easy on the water. Before watering your cactus, check to see that the soil is dry. When its dry, water well (especially in the growing months April-September) BUT make sure that the water can drain out.
3. Soil needs to be well drained and a little sandy.
4. Stinky stuff - keep the fertilizer minimal and use a low nitrogen fertilizer when you do.