Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Fertilizer for Your Cactus

Fertilizer is one of nescessary things to grow up the cactus and succulent. There are two normal method of fertilizer. Firstly, you can use a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer in the early spring. A 5-10-5 compound works best. Mix it in with the soil and it will feed the cacti all summer. You can add the new fertilizer every 6-7 months or when you repot the plant. The quantity to put in each time is up to the size of pot. Normally, it's 1% of the soil in the pot.

Another method is to use a water-soluble cactus fertilizer. It is same as one used with the orchid. You just mix the fertilizer at 1/2 tablespoon per gallon of water. With this method you fertilize every two weeks during the growing season. You should do it every two weeks. It will be good and helpful for your plant.

In the dormant period (November throughout March), do not fertilize at all because at that time, cactus and succulent stops to grow up and don't need any fertilizer at all.

Both of fertilizer types can be found in the garden shop or nursery. You can ask the seller to give you the recommendation.

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