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An Easy Way to Repot a Cactus

Sharp cactus needles aren't a problem when you repot the better way!

Gary Junken, Produced by Antonio Reis

Cacti are beautiful plants that are fairly easy to take care of. They can bring a tropical feel to any home. However, when the time comes to repot your cactus, you may be left with painful cuts if you aren’t careful. In this video, we provide an easy tip to help keep your hands in-tact while repotting your favorite cactus. To learn more about cacti, listen to this great podcast about the secret life of cacti.

In this episode of Garden Confidential, Calhoun, author of The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns and Globes, talks about all the tall tales surrounding this much maligned group of prickly plants, what you might not know about them, and why we should be growing more.

“What I see now is these plants getting really well integrated… Now cactus are becoming part of a garden with everything going on–with ornamental grasses and perennials and woody plants–so I think that’s one of the things that I see that’s changing people’s perceptions,” he says. “There are cactus that grow almost everywhere.”

There will be prickly pear lemonade, crazy cactus collectors, peyote, and a bonus intro: a satirical interview with a cactus “survivor,” Kaveh Maguire, garden designer and blogger at Plant Propaganda. Tune in for more.

 

How to Repot a Cactus

Taking one look at a sharp cactus can make any gardener reluctant to repot it. Here are some tips to effectively repot a cactus without getting hurt.

Materials Needed and Process

1. Find an old beach towel

2. Put the cactus on the ground

3. Wrap the towel around the cactus

4. Tilt the pot to a 45 degree angle

5. Step on the bottom of the nursery pot with your foot to loosen the soil while you gently slide the cactus out of the original pot

6. Place the cactus in its new container by supporting it with the towel and removing the towel once the cactus is in place

7. Admire your beautiful cactus in its roomy new pot!

 

See some lovely cactus inspiration in this submission to the Garden Photo of the Day.

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