Watering Cactus & Succulent Gardens

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Watering cactus and succulent gardens requires letting them dry out between watering them, and then soaking them completely once a week during the summer and once a month during the winter. Keep cacti and succulents thriving with tips from a professional... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.com. In this segment we're going to learn about how to water succulent and cactus gardens. Some of my favorite areas of my garden are my succulent gardens and then I have cactus already in pots as well so I love them both and in the Northwest they do really well. I treat both of them very differently and here I have my succulent garden. Now, these succulents actually stay on the drier side so don't water them a whole lot, they're pretty dry right now, but I found the key with succulents is soak them. When I water them, I make sure that it is just a mud pit. So, I've taken it probably a little too far here, where they're almost too dry but now when I'm watering them, I try not to use too strong of a spray that's going to damage them, because I've done that before too, so mist works really well, but that takes a while too, or I use the sprinkler or I found this works really well where I kind of just drench them and I just kind of let them sit in water. The key, I found, with succulents is you don't do this too often, I only do this, maybe, once a week in the heat of the Summer and, since these don't get a lot of water in the Winter, because they're under some trees, even in the Winter time I water them, maybe, once a month or once every two months, whenever they look really dried out and they're not doing so well, I water them. They kind of tell me when they need to be watered, that's the key with my plants, is I kind of watch them and when they look a little bit wilty, I water them and then I leave them to point where they're wilty again and then I water them again. So, that should be good for another week and that's about as easy as it is for succulents. Now, I have this kind of a euphorbia, grandiosa, and it is actually, I don't know if it's officially a cactus or not but it grows just like a cactus and I just love my euphorbias and any type of cactus plant. These, I found, need a lot less water than succulents because if I give them too much water, they rot out, so I barely water this puppy at all and I've got them outside in the Summer time, here in the Northwest, and as soon as the nights get below about fifty degrees, I don't want to shock them, if they get down below even forty, he might get damaged and then he's really going to flip out when I bring him inside. So, as soon as it starts getting fifty at night, which will probably be about the end of October, I'm going to bring him back inside and he will do really well over the Winter, inside. So, outside, in the heat, I don't have him in full hot sun. The trick is, I found, with succulents, a little bit of afternoon shade helps a lot. Sometimes in the hottest sun, they bake a bit, because I've got another area that's a little bit on the sunny side and they do really well in the Winter but in the heat of the Summer, they really get baked and I cannot water them enough, so you've kind of have to play around with them. So, my cactus is the same thing, I don't water it too much and I water it even less than I do my succulents, maybe twice a week. You never ever want either one of them to sitting in water, ever, so this is pretty moist but underneath it's actually kind of on the dry side. So I keep my cacti pretty dry, I make sure there's quite a bit of water and, periodically too, another trick I found, that's really good with all of your cacti and house plants, maybe once a month or once every two months, I really put a lot of water in it and let it drain out. A lot of the salt and a lot of the water, that I'm using, has chlorine in it so just by kind of watering it and letting all the water go through and really giving it a new set of water and really soaking it, then I don't seem to have to water it much in the future. In the Winter time, I only water it, maybe, once every two months, it's such an easy plant, I love my cacti because I don't take a whole lot of care of them. They like artificial light and morning sun the best, that's what I found, and they'll do well for many many years with very little care. If there's ever a doubt, whether you should water or not, probably don't do it. Never let them sit in standing water and they'll do really well.