Written by Maggie
Feb 02 2021
Old Lady Cactus is currently a unique variety of succulent. How to grow and care for Old Lady Cactus? let's learn together.
When we grow and care for Old Lady Cactus, fertile soil with good drainage can be used to mix leaf rot soil, garden soil and coarse sand into culture soil. An appropriate amount of decaying organic fertilizer or compound fertilizer can be added as base fertilizer, and a small amount of calcareous material can be added if possible.
Old lady cactus liked plenty of sunshine, and when the light was good the ball would grow pleasantly.The light is too weak, which is not conducive to its growth. However, when we grow and care for old lady cactus, it should be noted that the old lady cactus can be preserved indoors in the winter in a warm and well-lit place. The suitable temperature for the growth of Old Lady cactus is between 5℃ and 35℃, and the temperature should not be too high or too low. Winter is generally in the indoor winter, keep the temperature above 5℃.
Old lady cactus needs plenty of water to keep the soil moist as it grows, and watering is usually done dry and well watered. During the growth of watering every month, watering one to two times, winter is a dormant period, to reduce watering, keep the basin soil dry, should pay attention to when watering as far as possible not to pour onto the ball. Old Lady Cactus likes to apply light fertilizer, and does not need too much fertilizer. Every month, thin liquid fertilizer is enough, and top dressing is mainly phosphorus and potassium fertilizer. When we grow and care for old lady cactus, apply some bone meal to Old Lady Cactus each spring and stop fertilizing it during winter hibernation.
When we grow and care for Old Lady Cactus, repot can be done in early spring by replacing the soil and sprinkling with bone meal.
Old lady cactus does not bloom when the temperature is too low and the light is not enough. When we grow and care for old lady cactus in winter, we should put it indoors for the winter, and ensure that the indoor temperature is 5-6℃. When the indoor temperature is close to 0℃, we should pay attention to cold insulation, in addition to control watering, to put on the sunny balcony to warm on a sunny day. When the soil in the basin of Old Lady Cactus is too wet, the temperature is too high, and the light is too weak, it is also not good for the growth of Old Lady Cactus.Generally, the growth temperature of Old Lady Cactus should be kept at 24-26℃, and the sun exposure under strong light should be avoided in summer.
Watering too much can cause water damage and cause Old Lady Cactus not to bloom. When we grow and care for old lady cactus in the growth period to less watering, to "do not pour, pouring is pouring through" as a principle. Usually 3-4 weeks watering once is the best, do not touch the ball when watering. Long periods of lack of water or insufficient watering can also affect the growth of Old lady cactus.
Without or without enough fertilizer, flowering is not possible. Old Lady Cactus doesn't need much fertilizer, but it still needs nitrogen. When we grow and care for old lady cactus, it is better to apply half-yearly dilution fertilizer.