How To Revive a Dying Cactus? Tips & Tricks

If there is a plant that can grow very small and very big at the same time, that is cactus. That’s the first interesting thing that you have to know for the most beautiful thorny plant.

The second things is the fact that if you want to use the name Cactus in plural, then you have to say Cacti, that’s the plural way of saying Cactuses. So, with that said, I apologize for every time that I have said cactuses, because I also just found out about this interesting fact.

I started this article on purpose with interesting facts about the cactus, because precisely in this article I will write about how to revive a dying cactus, and I’ll do that step by step. Let’s get going! 

Cactus – What Does It Represent?

A species of desert plant with thick, leafless stems covered with prickly spines or sharp spikes is referred to as a cactus. Because they can store water in their stems, cactus plants can survive in arid environments.

A remarkable amount of water can be stored by some giant cactus species. After a large rainfall, a fully grown saguaro cactus may store up to 200 gallons of water.Although they are a hot design trend, cactus plants offer more than just low-maintenance foliage for your house.

There is such thing as Edible Cacti. In some regions of the world, especially in Latin American nations, edible cactus are a common food source, and awareness of their health advantages is spreading out.

Some cacti are abundant in calcium, fiber, and vitamins. Cacti consumption is said to help decrease blood sugar and cholesterol. They may possibly help with weight loss and are also said to treat brain cell inflammation. Additionally, preliminary research on edible cacti has revealed that the plants contain antioxidants that might aid in stifling or perhaps stopping the growth of cancer cells.

How To Revive a Dying Cactus?

Your Cactus Needs To Be Repotted In Fresh Potting Soil

If the potting soil keeps moisture for an excessive amount of time (like a sponge), rather than draining effectively and not holding an excessive amount of moisture, your cactus may still turn yellow and get squishy even after you water it when the soil is dry (which are the soil conditions of a cactus in its native environment).

If your cactus was originally planted in regular potting soil, remove it from the pot and replace it with specially formulated succulent and cacti soil. This soil mimics the grittier, porous, well-draining soil characteristics of the cacti’s native environment and lowers the risk of root rot, which turns the cactus yellow.

Repotting your cactus requires a mixture of one part peat, two parts garden soil, and two parts coarse sand.

Get Rid Of the Rotten Parts

Generally speaking, rotting is a sign of overwatering. It is necessary to remove the cactus’ black or brown portions. The next step is to determine whether your soil is entirely saturated and has to be placed in a new pot with fresh soil, or if you can wait until it dries out and resume your new watering plan.

Adjust Watering

You should apply water to cacti that appear wilting, are shrinking, or are wrinkled. To prevent root rot, it’s crucial to let the soil completely dry up before watering. If your cactus is in a pot, make sure it can quickly drain any extra water.

\Depending on the season and temperature, watering should be modified. You should water indoor plants once a week throughout the hottest months of the year. You should scale back on that during the cooler months of the year and only water when the soil is fully dry.

When the weather is extremely dry and there is no chance of rain, you should keep an eye on the soil and water in the outdoor area. Find out here how to water a cactus.

Check for Pests and Insects

Pests and insects also destroy cacti. They’ll make your cactus sick and produce discoloration in certain areas. Common insects that affect cactus include mealybugs and spider mites. For spider mite remedies, visit your neighborhood nursery.

To get rid of mealybugs, try rubbing alcohol. Tiny red spiders called spider mites spin sheets-like webs. Clusters of powdered white mealybugs can be also seen.

Set Up a Good Feeding Schedule

Lack of appropriate nutrients is a significant issue that many cactuses encounter. Adding additional nourishment can help cactus become healthier and more colorful, even though many of plants can grow and survive without any fertilizer. This makes it crucial for you to regularly fertilize your cactus with a fertilizer that is recommended

From spring until early fall, you should feed the plant with a comprehensive cactus fertilizer every two weeks. Feed the cactus about once a month in the fall and winter. Aim for once every few months or even once a year once the plant is developing adequately if you struggle to stick to a timetable.

Closing Words

Hopefully, this article will come in handy, and you will be able to revive your cactus. Even though, cactuses are easy to maintain they are still plants, and as I have mentioned many times before, all plants are fragile and they require some extra care.

I’ll see you next time with even more interesting articles related to gardening, flowers, plants and everything that brings positivity to your life.

Further Reading

As can only assume that you are not that type of a person that is sufficed with only one article, thus I offer you many more articles that you can check and read. For instance, do you have an idea about the fastest growing succulents? If you are up to read about it, check that article.

And if you enjoyed the above-mentioned article, then you will probably enjoy reading about how to grow dandelions indoors. 

A gardener’s first tool is a hose, and I bet I have you covered when it comes to hoses, as well. In that regard, I suggest, you read more about water hoses for pressure washer.

Ella Holmes

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