Watering A Cactus: How Often Should You Do It?

If I may go so far as to claim that cactus plants are the most well-known plants in the world, they are among the most elegant and distinctive plants.

And with good reason, I might add.

They will go with most home decors and mix in with practically anything, giving your house an elegant aesthetic feel.

Cacti come in a variety of sizes and forms, and grouping them together will cause them to bloom in various ways, further enhancing their charm.

Cacti are also among the greatest low-maintenance houseplants, so if you want a plant that looks fantastic and requires little upkeep, you’re in for a treat.

Although some people refer to cacti as succulents, not all of them are since, as I mentioned, they occur in a variety of forms and sizes and their water-processing might differ from succulents.

In today’s article, we’ll go into more detail on how often you need to water your cactus so you don’t end up damaging it.

Let’s get right to it without wasting any more time.


How Often & How to Water a Cactus

Cactuses are small and resilient plants, that often are regarded as great plants for new aspiring gardeners to hit it off.

That’s how simple it is to look after them.

They can essentially grow anywhere and, more significantly, they don’t need much watering because they are tough plants that can survive for a long time without water.

Even so, you must continue to take care of them and water them as necessary.

When To Water Your Cactus?

Let’s get right to the point and explain our purpose for being here.

Most cactus plants should only be watered once they have completely dried out. I’ve seen others water it on time, but I don’t do that; instead, I keep an eye on the plant’s condition and dryness.

Water it as soon as it becomes completely dry.

How you should water the cactus will be strongly influenced by factors such as its size, pot, humidity, and so forth.

For example, on hot summer days, you may want to water it more frequently than usual.

But whatever you do, avoid drowning the cactus by overwatering it as this will only lead to its demise from the root rot.


How Often Should I Water: Factors

There are a number of additional aspects that have a significant impact on how frequently you should water a cactus, so let’s go over them all together so you can have a better understanding.

The Sunlight

Let’s start with the light conditions since, as we all know, light is just as crucial to a plant’s development as water.

On most plants, direct sunshine can result in sunburn, but in the case of cacti, it increases evaporation and the rate at which the soil dries out.

With that said, it becomes clear that a cactus that spends the majority of its time in front of the sun requires more regular watering than one that only receives indirect light.

The Size Of Your Cactus

There are many different types of cactus; some have leaves, while others don’t. They also come in a variety of sizes and forms; I’m sure you’re familiar with the ones we’ve seen in cowboy movies, which are rather huge in comparison to the ones in our home.

As a result, we now know that different cacti require varying watering. For instance, a little cactus requires far less water than a large one.

Yet again, those with thinner leaves will require more water than the ones we see in the desert that have thick leaves.

The best course of action is to identify the type of your cactus and determine whether it requires more watering or less.

The Size of The Pott

The size of the pot, for obvious reasons, also influences how frequently you should water your cactus.

For instance, a large pot has more area than a small or medium pot, so it will need more water to fill it. This also suggests that it will take longer for the cactus to withstand the water and for the pot to completely dry.

As a result, if your cactus is in a large pot, you may let it go without water for 3-6 weeks; a medium pot, for 2-4 weeks; and a small one, once a week or even less.

But since smaller pots are ideal for cacti, I would strongly suggest that you choose them to prevent root rot. Although you may need to water it more frequently, this method will still be more beneficial to the cacti because this type of plant doesn’t like to sit in the water for extended periods of time.

The Humidity

Only second to light and water is humidity, a critical component in plant growth.

If you enjoy gardening, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the humidity levels and to take this seriously.

Since the pot and soil will dry out much more quickly in arid conditions and the evaporation levels will be higher, it will be necessary to water your plants again, or vice versa if they don’t dry out so quickly.


Final Words

As I previously stated, cacti are excellent plans in many aspects. In particular, growing some cacti will be a great approach to get things going if you’re an aspiring gardener who wants to succeed in the world of nature.

If I may use that term, they are cute, enjoyable to look at, and simple to maintain.

Despite the fact that they are simple to care for, do not ignore them too much as they are susceptible to demise just like other plants.

If you liked what you read thus far, you can discover additional blogs below that are similar.

Before You Go

Why is your cactus so soft? and Why Is My Cactus Shrinking? These are both topics that I covered.

Or simply a blog on why your cactus is drooping and falling over, or a more intriguing one about why it is so hairy.

These blogs will help you learn pretty much everything about your cactus.

Aurora Hansen

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