Cactus transplant without problems

  • Dec 13, 2020


Caring for a cactus does not present significant problems. But plant transplantation must be carried out taking into account some features. Optimum capacity and soil mixture play an important role in this matter.

Cacti. Illustration for this article is used under a standard license ©
Cacti. Illustration for this article is used under a standard license ©

Please put your likes and subscribe to the channel "About Fasenda". This will allow us to publish more interesting garden articles.

Procedure time

Cacti do not grow quickly, so they are rarely transplanted. Depending on the specific situation, this procedure is carried out in February or March.

A cactus needs to be transplanted if:

  • the pot is filled with roots;
  • the plant has taken on an unhealthy appearance;
  • growth has slowed down;
  • the epidermis has lost its elasticity.

Pot and soil mixture

Do not use a large container that will retain a lot of moisture. Prefer a small pot with drainage holes.

Check out the characteristics of the cultivated cactus in advance. And depending on the type, choose a "home" for him.

instagram viewer

Take a closer look at the pottery. In it, excess water will evaporate through the walls of the container.

For small cacti, plastic pots work well. But choose only high-quality plastic, because it will crack under the sun.

So, you bought a plant with soil. The latter must be changed without fail. Choose a soil mixture that is loose and breathable. It is best to buy a special soil designed for cactus plants, or mix universal with coarse sand.

Transplant algorithm

Actions should be taken slowly and carefully.


Dry the soil, stop watering for up to three days. Next, remove the top layer from the ground, turn the container over. Tap the bottom of the pot on a hard surface, knock out the ground. Do not use force.

Transplanting cacti. Illustration for this article is used under a standard license ©

For a dense soil mixture, place it in warm water, rinse and dry for 10 minutes. Hang the cactus.

Inspect the root collar of the purchased product, and then trim off any damaged roots with a clean tool. Apply sulfur powder to cut areas. Dry.

Different kinds

Do not neglect the features and types of cacti when transplanting them. For example, mountain cereus needs additives that contain crushed marble or granite. Mammillaria thrive in the soil with the presence of leafy soil, and desert prickly pears love additives in the form of sand from the river.

Add brick chips to the substrate to the cacti, because they do not need an abundance of moisture. Cacti with light pubescence will develop in ground with powdered eggshells. If your pet has a turnip-like root system, then clay is suitable for him.

After processing the roots, proceed with the transplant. Put the drainage on the bottom of the pot (about 2 cm), sprinkle the prepared soil mixture in a small layer, place the cactus in the middle. Cover the roots with earth, tamp a little. Water the plant liberally.

Transplanting cacti. Illustration for this article is used under a standard license ©

Additional actions (so as not to prick)

All manipulations must be carried out carefully, because you can always accidentally inject yourself.

It is unpleasant to feel a thorn under the skin, which, moreover, will remain like a splinter. First of all, secure your hands or use professional forceps. Alternatively, grab the plant with a piece of thick cloth or coarse rubber gloves folded in several layers.

Do you plant cacti at home?

Original articleand many other materials, you can find on ourwebsite.

Read about how to feed roses in the following article:How to feed roses for lush bloom