9 Easy Steps to Transplant a Cactus

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Easy Steps to Transplant a Cactus
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Cacti are awesome houseplants. They require minimum care and thrive in all types of environments. They frequently do not need repotting.

How if you see roots coming out of the drain hole of the pot, you have to repot the plant. Also if you see that the cacti have outgrown their pot space, please make sure to re-pot the cacti.

All these instances come up only once in 2 or 3 years.  So don’t worry about repotting your cactus plant every now and then.

Steps to Transplant a Cactus

To safely transplant a cactus, follow these steps:

  1. Water the cactus a few days before transplanting to make it easier to remove from the pot.
  2. Wear gloves and protective clothing to protect yourself from the cactus spines.
  3. Carefully remove the cactus from its pot. If the cactus is stuck, gently tap the sides and bottom of the pot to loosen it. Do not pull on the cactus, as this can damage the plant.
  4. Trim off any damaged or diseased roots with clean scissors or a knife.
  5. Choose a new pot that is slightly larger than the old one, with drainage holes to allow excess water to drain out.
  6. Add fresh cactus soil or a well-draining potting mix to the new pot.
  7. Place the cactus in the new pot, making sure it is at the same depth as it was in the old pot.
  8. Water the cactus lightly, making sure not to overwater it.
  9. Place the cactus in a sunny location, but protect it from direct sunlight for the first few weeks to give it time to adjust to its new environment.

It is important to handle cacti with care, as they have spines that can cause injury.

Wearing gloves and protective clothing can help prevent accidents. Additionally, it is important to use a well-draining soil mix and to not overwater the cactus, as this can cause it to rot.

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