Hi Guys 🙂
In this blog I will be sharing my tips on how I keep my Cacti and Succulents clean and dust free 🙂
I am often asked what I do and use to keep my cacti and succulents as clean and as dust free as I possibly can 🙂
Cacti and succulents are not the easiest of plants to keep clean, especially when dust gets in between the spines because it is not as easy to brush or wipe off dust and grime like you can with soft leaved plants.
The best tools that I like to to use for keeping my Cacti and succulents clean and dust free is a good set of different sized small brushes such as Artist brushes or cosmetic brushes.
I have found that using a stiff eye make up brush or an Artist paint brush is the best way to get in between those tight spines on the smaller plants or on the tight spines on the larger plants.
With the larger plants and large leaved succulents then a cosmetic brush or a larger 1 – 4 inch soft paint brush is a great help and a time saver for brushing dust or cobwebs off them.
A powerful water spray pump will work a treat when cleaning very large cacti and succulents that are heavily spined, and because its very difficult to reach those hard to get places with your brush the pressure of the jet spray will help to dislodge any dust and grime, but please make sure to only use this method during the watering/growing season and also overhead jet spraying is not recommended on rosette leaved plants such as Echeveria’s where water can get trapped in between the rosette leaf arrangements and encourage rot.
Another great way I have found to keep dust under control is during the watering season, instead of pouring the water in directly onto the soil, I water the plants from the top and the water will cascade down the plant and into the soil taking the dust with it and this is also is a great help against Spider mites.
Here is a video that I have made form my You Tube Channel called Desert Plants of Avalon that goes into more detail on How to keep your Cacti and Succulents clean and dust free and you can watch this video below :
Mold can often form on cactus plants if there is too much humidity in the air, this is a common problem in the Winter months especially in warm and humid rooms and often can be seen on the areoles of Opuntia and Ferocactus, while most molds can be harmless to plants and are mostly an aesthetic problem it is still best to clean the mold off and treat the plants with a fungicidal spray because there is still a chance that mold can invade inside plant tissue and encourage rotting of stems.
Here is a video I have made for my You Tube Channel Desert Plants of Avalon on How to clean Mold off Cactus plants and you can watch this video below :
Hope you have found this helpful guys for helping you to keep your Cacti and Succulents clean and dust free 🙂
sending you all lots of love and happy growing from Ireland for a fantastic day/evening.