It’s Friday, and it’s time for gardening. Today I’ll share with you simple and easy steps to transplant cacti. Cacti is one of the low-maintenance houseplants that need rarely repotting. However, when they do it’s important to ensure that it is done correctly and safely.
6 Simple and Easy Ways to Transplant A Cactus
You may find out that many cacti varieties are adorned with sharp spines that act as protection for the plant. It makes transplanting cacti a difficult, and sometimes dangerous task. One of the best ways to transplant a cactus safely is to use a pair of metal tongs, like the ones you would find in your kitchen.
Additionally, it’s best to transplant a cactus in the early to mid-spring when the plant has entered its active growing period. It ensures that the cactus has the energy to recover from being handled and acclimate to its new environment. Here easy ways to transplants a cactus:
1. Prepare supplies and tools
The first step is preparing supplies and tools. Usually, the tools required for transplanting a cactus depend on the size and spikiness of the plant. For example, when transplanting smaller cacti, metal tongs and/or newspapers may not be necessary whereas larger cacti may require a full arsenal of protective equipment.
2. Remove cacti from the old pot
Loosen the soil around the edges of the pot with a dull knife or trowel if necessary. You can also wrap the cactus in several layers of newspaper to make it easier to grab. And you can use the metal tongs to handle the cactus. Gently wiggle the root ball out of the old pot and lay the cactus flat on your working area.
3. Discharge the root ball and discard the old soil
If you have removed the cactus from its old pot, the root ball should be loosened and the old soil discarded. Depending on how root-bound the plant is, this can sometimes be a delicate process. Always take it slow and be careful not to break too many roots.
4. Inspect the root, if necessary trim them
While the roots are exposed, the next step is to check them over for any signs of pests or diseases. Cut back any dead or diseased roots and apply a fungicide if needed.
5. Opt for new pots
Choose a clay/terracotta pot for your cactus if you are prone to overwatering. While cacti can grow in any potting container, unglazed clay pots help to absorb excess moisture in the soil and prevent overwatering. No matter what pots you choose, just ensure there is a drainage hole at the bottom.
6. Plant the cactus in new pots
Fill the bottom of the new pot with the cactus soil mixture. Make sure that the cactus will be planted at the same depth as its previous container. Using the tongs or newspaper, gently place the cactus in the pot and hold it in place while you fill the remainder of the pot with soil.
Remember! Do not water the freshly transplanted cactus right away as it needs time to adjust to its new conditions.