How to transplant a cactus?

Tamara Sidorova
Tamara Sidorova
July 16, 2012
How to transplant a cactus?

It is known that America is the birthplace of cacti, but the ability of these plants to adapt to our climate makes them truly amazing. They are rather unpretentious, but, looking at their terrible spines, the thought immediately comes - how to transplant a cactus?

There are a few rules on how to properly transplant cactus, and, observing them, your pet will long be pleased with its bizarre forms.

First of all, you should not water a cactus before a transplant for several days to make it easier to remove it from the pot. Then you should wrap the cactus with a newspaper to make this procedure as safer as possible, and carefully pull it out. This should be done carefully, you can not drag out of the pot. Then you should inspect the roots, and clear from the lumps of earth.

The main thing is not to damage them. You should know that it is the wounds and scratches on the roots that can be the main cause of cactus death after transplantation. If they are not allowed to heal, the injured roots, having come into contact with water during irrigation, will rot and the plant will die.

Pot for transplanting is not selected by the size of the plant. The main condition is that its roots are spacious, and their ends are not bent. A clay pot or plastic also does not matter much, the main thing is to put drainage on the bottom of the pot, and pour the soil on top.

For each type of cactus, it is desirable to pick up their soil. You can use the finished land, and you can do it yourself. The main condition - the land should be loose, and free to pass water and air. Usually cacti are not indifferent to slightly acidic soil. To reduce the acidity, you can add peat, and reduce dolomite flour or fluff lime. Cacti without spines require less calcium in the soil. Calcium is needed more for their prickly relatives, and for this it is necessary to crush and add egg shells to the soil.

It is advisable to replant young cacti every year, while adults can wait about three years. During the flowering period they can not be transplanted. When the cactus is replanted, it is not necessary to water it for several days.