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How to Grow a Cactus

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This article was co-authored by Andrew Carberry, MPH. Andrew Carberry has been working in food systems since 2008. He has a Masters in Public Health Nutrition and Public Health Planning and Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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Cacti are wonderful, low-maintenance alternatives to standard plants. Molded by dry desert climates, they don’t require much water or care and can survive extreme weather conditions. Because of this, Cactus plants are a perfect option for new plant owners and travelers.

How to Grow a Cactus. Cacti are wonderful, low-maintenance alternatives to standard plants. Molded by dry desert climates, they don't require much water or care and can survive extreme weather conditions. Because of this, Cactus plants are…

How to grow cactus plants from seed

Cacti are fun, easy and cheap to grow from seed – we show you how.

Published: Saturday, 9 May, 2020 at 5:05 pm

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Raising cactus plants, or cacti, from seed is simple and rewarding. What’s more, many seed companies sell packets of mixed cacti seed, so you’re never quite sure what you’re going to grow.

As for the mixes, there are lots of fun themes to go for, including rare species, fast-growers, best flowers, hardy cacti or mixes of certain genera.

How to grow cactus plants

Grow cacti in free-draining compost, ideally peat-free cactus compost or peat-free multi-purpose compost with added vermiculite, grit or perlite, to aid drainage. Water sparingly from March to September but avoid watering completely for the rest of the year.

In this Golden Rules video, Stan Griffin of Craig House Cacti reveals his three top tips on growing cactus plants with success, including when to water and feed, and when not to. He also gives advice on how to take cuttings from cacti:

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Follow our steps to growing your own cacti from seed, below.

All you need to know about growing cactus plants from seed, for the perfect house plant display. Step-by-step how-to guide from BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.