The cactus is an iconic plant, but it can be hard to bring indoors.
When you’re short on space and don’t have a lot of time to devote to plant care, it can be especially tough to give this plant the attention it deserves.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to support your tall cactus so that you can enjoy its beauty and benefits in your home without having to spend a fortune on special equipment or hire someone else to do it for you.
In this article, we’ll tell you how to support your tall cactus using things that are probably already in your house.
Cacti are a unique, beautiful addition to any garden. The plants can be big and tall, but they need just as much support and care as other plants.
Here’s how to help your cactus thrive:
Find A Nice, Bright Spot With At Least A Few Hours Of Sunlight A Day
To keep your cactus happy, it’s important to make sure it gets enough light. The best way to do this is by placing the plant in direct sunlight for at least a few hours every day.
If you don’t have a spot with enough natural light, you can use an artificial grow light instead.
Cacti are native to arid regions such as deserts and semi-deserts. They thrive in hot climates where there are few clouds and plenty of sunshine.
When choosing a spot for your tall cactus, look for one that gets at least three or four hours of direct sunlight each day.
If you live in an area where it never rains (or where it rains only occasionally), place your plant near a window that receives plenty of natural light throughout the year.
If you live somewhere with more frequent rain storms or overcast skies, move it indoors during the winter months so that it doesn’t get too much water stress or too little light exposure.
Keep The Soil Moist But Don’t Overwater.
The easiest way to water your tall cactus is to do it from the top. You can simply pour water on the soil and let it soak in.
It’s important not to overwater, though—if you do this, the plant could become rootbound, which makes transplanting very difficult.
The most important thing when watering a tall cactus is making sure that its roots are healthy and strong.
If they’re not getting enough water, they’ll struggle to absorb nutrients from the soil and may become damaged or die off altogether.
A good rule of thumb is: check first if there’s any moisture left in its pot before adding more; then check again after watering so that you know exactly how much has been absorbed into each layer of dirt (you’ll want at least one inch per month).
Repot It When It Outgrows Its Container
When your cactus outgrows its container, it can be moved to a larger one. This is best done when the plant still looks healthy and has plenty of energy.
- Remove the old potting soil from around the base of your cactus and add new soil.
- Water thoroughly until water runs freely through drainage holes in the bottom of the new container.
- Place your potted cactus in an area that gets plenty of light but not direct sunshine (like a south-facing window).
Fertilizing is something that can be done every three months, but it is best to give only sparingly.
If you use a balanced fertilizer, follow the instructions labeled on the package and water well before applying it.
To make sure you’re applying enough fertilizer but not too much, aim for one-quarter of the recommended dosage when fertilizing your cactus.
Cactus are very low maintenance and don’t need much to thrive.
They prefer well-drained soil (add extra gravel to your potting mix if it’s heavy or clayey), full sun, and water when the soil is dry to the touch.
If you’re growing a large cactus, fertilize only once a year in spring. To fertilize your tall cactus:
1. Mix up your own fertilizer by combining 1/2 teaspoon of 20-20-20 with 1/4 teaspoon of blood meal per gallon of water.
2. Water gently so as not to disturb any roots.
3. Pour the mixture into the planting hole until it reaches the top of the root ball; water again so that it runs out the bottom of the pot by at least an inch or two more than the depth of your pot (this will help prevent root rot).
Prop Up Your Cactus To Keep It From Falling Over.
To keep your cactus from falling over, you should prop it up. One way you can do this is by using a stake.
Another option is to use a tripod, which is similar to the stake but has three points rather than one. You can also prop up your cactus using a trellis or plant hanger.
Cacti are succulent plants that require little water and sunlight. They grow best in dry, hot climates, but they can also be grown indoors.
A tall cactus may topple over if it receives too much water or is not supported properly. Prop up your cactus to keep it from falling over.
Step 1 – Remove the soil from around the base of the cactus with a trowel. Remove as much soil as possible from around the base of the plant so that you can get a solid footing for supporting it.
Step 2 – Press down on each side of the plant to ensure that it is stable and standing upright on its own before you begin to prop it up with stakes or other supports.
Step 3 – Remove all stakes or supports from around the base of the cactus before you begin planting new plants or replacing old ones in your garden bed or pots.
Supporting Your Tall Cactus Will Help You Have A Happy, Healthy Plant.
Supporting your tall cactus will help you have a happy, healthy plant.
The first thing to do is pick the right kind of support. Your cactus should be at least six months old before putting it in a pot.
If you want to use something organic, like bamboo stakes or branches, make sure they’re pesticide-free and 100% natural materials that won’t hurt your plant.
If you don’t have any trees nearby with long enough branches, you can also buy synthetic supports from garden stores or online retailers like Amazon.
Just make sure they’re sturdy enough to hold up your entire plant—you don’t want them snapping off in an earthquake.
Our Final Thoughts
It’s important to keep in mind that cacti are thirsty plants, so don’t overwater them. You should also fertilize sparingly and repot your cactus when it outgrows its container.
If you want your tall cactus to stay healthy, it helps if you prop up the plant so that it doesn’t fall over.
It’s also essential (and easy) to get a nice bright spot with at least a few hours of sunlight each day.
With these tips in mind, caring for any type of succulent should be much easier than expected.