How to Care for a Cactus Flower


Cacti and succulents are known to be resilient plants able to grow in almost any conditions. Not all have flowers that bloom, and the ones that do bloom for only short periods--a matter of days and then they are finished. It is important to understand how to care for your cactus flower and plant in order for it to grow healthy and strong.

Step 1

Combine equal parts good-quality potting soil, rinsed gravel and sand in a planting area or a planter pot in a thick bottom layer. Plant the cactus into the planting hole or pot, then backfill with the mixture.

Step 2

Put a large rock by the cactus, right next to it. This will help it maintain heat during any cooler seasons or nights, as well as help it retain water. Do this if the cactus is planted in the ground.

Step 3

Water the cactus around once a month, depending on where you live and your climate. For dry hot climates, water it about once every two weeks. For wetter climates, make sure the cactus doesn't get more then a couple inches of water per month. Potted plants require more water than ground cacti.

Step 4

Keep indoor cacti near a window to get at least six hours of sunlight per day. Proper care will ensure that your cactus will have maximum flowering production and keep them healthy and beautiful.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • Water
  • Rock


  • Caring For a Cactus
  • Cactus Flowers
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