2008 – Spring Sale and Advice

After members bought 300 cacti and succulents from Grigsby Cactus Gardens in less than 20 minutes at the April 2008 meeting, Pam Schnebelen provided tips for potting the bare-rooted plants. First, “Learn something about what you just bought,” she said. What are the natural habitat and growing season of the plant? Examine roots for mealy bugs and remove roots that feel “like dead grass.” Choose a pot shape that matches the plant’s root system and pot material that matches your watering style. Use soil mix that allows water and air to reach roots. Avoid peat or sand. Gently settle the soil to finish, add a label and watch your plant grow!

Images by Barbara Rengers