I've been building up a collection of cacti and succulents ever since last summer, when I posted about making some DIY planters for cacti. I realised the other day I hadn't shared any photos of my little plant family since it's grown. obviously that needed rectifying immediately, especially as I picked up some AMAZING planters over the Christmas period. the dolls head planter was a Christmas gift from my sister - she got it from Bella Does Brighton at the Renengade Craft Fair. the ceramic eye planter, and the two ceramic face planters, were both from an artist at the Southbank Festival Market, but I can't for the life of me find her online :(
I know you're not supposed to plant cacti or succulents in pots without drainage holes - well, actually I didn't know that, but soon realised after two of my cacti died (not just because of the lack of drainage holes, it was also partly to do with my boyfriend getting a bit over-zealous with watering them!) however what I do to get around it is I either plant the cacti in a small plastic pot with holes in first, and then plant it in the ceramic planter. alternatively, I put LOTS of gravel at the bottom of the pot first, which means the plant and soil isn't sitting in water constantly.
I'm no plant expert by any stretch of the imagination (my mum had to help me replanting these as I was clueless!) but basically my top tips for looking after cacti are;
- plant them in cacti soil, not in ordinary soil. you can buy cacti soils from the garden centre, but I made up my own using a mix of coarse sand and compost. make sure you use garden grade sand, not building sand, as building sand has a lot of salt in it usually, which will leach into the soil.
- don't overwater your cacti. if the soil is dry, that does not mean they need watering. I water my cacti about once a month in winter, and about once every 10-14 days in hot weather. and when I water them I only give them a small amount at a time.
- keep them somewhere really sunny. even somewhere that's a little bit shady can have an adverse effect on them. they like as much sun as possible, which is why I keep mine on my windowsill and on a shelf directly next to the window.
does anyone else have a collection of plants going on? what do you plant yours in? do you find them easy to look after? looking at my little plant family here makes me feel very proud - I've never been good at keeping plants alive, but I think I may have finally got the hang of it, and I can't wait to get even more in the future!