Hi Guys 🙂
Spring is very NEARLY here YIPPPPEEEEEE!
The thought of lots of buds and blooms on our indoor plants and in our gardens and the longer and sunnier days makes me dance with joy 🙂
One of the most commonest questions that I get asked at this time of year is how to know when to start to water our cacti and succulents again after their Winter rest ? and now its Spring does that automatically mean that we should start to water all of our cacti and succulents again right now ?
What I usually say to them is rather than just to start watering because its Spring, instead look for signs of new growth or and flower buds, because this is a sign that your plant has awoken from its long Winter dormancy and that is is safe to go ahead and start to water them again.
Signs of shrivelling of the stems is also a good indication to go ahead and start to water again as its a sign that the plant has used up a lot of its ‘water’ that it has stored over the Winter rest and by watering again it will fill up its plant body and prepare itself for the growth period ahead.
Because it is still VERY early Spring I only water my plants that show signs of either coming into new growth or bud or that are clearly showing signs of shrivelling, any of my larger barrel cacti or cereus cacti I will leave for a few more weeks until the Spring is very much here with the warmer temperatures and day lengths.
I also still keep my Epiphyllum Cacti watered throughout the winter months because these cacti are epiphytes and prefer more humidity than the Desert Cacti do and do not like to be kept dry in their pots for too long, these include all the Christmas, Thanksgiving Cacti ( Schlumbergera ) Easter cacti ( Rhipsalidopsis, Hatiora, ) Epiphyllum and Rhipsalis types I also keep some of my Succulents watered lightly throughout the Winter including some Aloe’s, Aeoniums and other South African varieties and any winter growers
Please bear in mind that I am living in Ireland where the temperatures are cool and I live in a VERY cold house so I go easy on the very first watering I give the plants because we are still not over the threat of frosty nights and snow, and the last thing I want is for my plants to be sitting in cold soil and cold temperatures, even at this time of year there is still the threat of rot if temperatures are too low, if however you live in a warmer climate or a warm home then you may want to give your plants more water if you find the soil in the pots dries out very fast within hours of their first watering.
By the end of April it is usually perfectly safe to go ahead and water all of your cacti & succulents regularly making sure you allow the soil in their pots to dry out in between waterings 🙂
If you want to know more about watering your cacti & succulent plants check out this page I have wrote in detail about watering your Succulent plants HERE
Here is a video I have made for my You Tube channel Desert Plants of Avalon where I talk about How to know when to water your Cacti & Succulents in then Spring and you can watch this video below :
Here is a video I have made for my You Tube channel Desert Plants of Avalon on How to water your Cacti & Succulents and you can watch this video below :
The correct Ph of your water can be important for cacti and succulents and here is a video I have made for my You Tube channel Desert Plants of Avalon where I talk about the correct Ph of your water and you can watch this video below :
If you want to know how to make your own Cactus and succulent soil mix then please do check out the video below that I made for my You Tube channel Desert Plants of Avalon on How to make your own Cactus & Succulent soil it is far more economical and you know exactly what is going into it 🙂
Wishing you ALL a BLOOMING WONDERFUL day 🙂