Succulents & Cacti Food - Knowledgebase Question

Glen Ellyn, Il
Question by hidef_redhea
July 22, 2009
Hi: I have 2 tiny grafted cacti and 1 tiny succulent. I water them once a wk., 2 tblsp. beneath each little pot. They sit in my eastern-exposed window & I need to know WHAT FOOD and how much, how often to give them if you can recommend the least expensive kind.
ALSO: I have an approx. 4in. dia. pot and would like to transplant all three into it. Is this feasible, how, & what is needed?THANKS


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Answer from NGA
July 22, 2009

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I wouldn't be to quick in transplanting your tiny cacti. The roots will be small and if you set them in a huge container (for their size), the potting media can get sour before the roots will grow large enough to explore the soil. I'd keep them in their own pots until you see roots escaping from the drainage holes. It isn't necessary to feed cacti or succulents. They grow well in lean soil. If you feel the need to feed them, use a half strength dilution of a water soluable houseplant fertilizer. That equates to one tablespoon of fertilizer dissolved into one gallon of water. Since you only use a few tablespoons of water per week, and if you fed once a month, this solution will last months if not years! I'm not sure it's worth the expense!

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