Living in a concrete jungle can make you yearn for the lush outdoors. This is why more and more city dwellers are blooming their home by putting aside some space for flowers and plants. Fortunately, the cactus exists for those of us not blessed with a green thumb.
In the plant world, the cactus is your low-maintenance friend. It thrives despite a lack of attention, unlike most flowering plants. They can also withstand a lot of heat, which is great in a city like Singapore where it’s practically summer all year round.
To create your very own cactus garden, here are a few simple steps you can follow.
- Cacti and succulents
- Pots and containers
- Rubber gloves
- Garden trowel
- Soil or cactus mix
- Sprinkler or mister
- Stones and ornaments (optional)
A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Cactus Garden
Once you’ve gathered your materials, it’s time to get down and dirty. Got your gardening gloves on? Let’s go!
1. Place soil inside the pots of containers.
While glass bowls and ceramic containers can be used for potting cacti, gardening experts recommend terracotta clay pots because they can dry out the soil faster and promote oxygen exchange. (You can even buy cute vertical planters from Etsy if you don’t have a lot of flat space available in your apartment.)
Add a layer of soil about two-thirds of the way inside the pot. Some people like to mix soil with gravel or sand, but normal soil from your backyard is a-okay. Ideally, the soil should be a bit loose to mimic the normal dry environment of cacti. Alternatively, you can buy cactus mix from DIY or home improvement shops.
2. Place the cactus or succulents inside the pots.
Apart from cacti, consider buying a few other varieties of succulents to add different textures to your cactus garden. Some succulents from shops or florists already come potted, so you can keep them in those containers or transfer them to your preferred pot.
Using your trowel, gently take the cactus out of its container and transfer it to your preferred pot. Be careful not to cut off the roots as that could affect the growth of your cactus. Add enough soil to completely cover the roots. The cactus can still grow, so make sure the pots you choose give them just a little bit of extra room. For bigger planters, you can arrange several succulents in it to maximise the space.
3. Add ornaments and arrange the pots and containers in a pleasing pattern.
If you’re a minimalist, the pots and plants are decorative enough for a garden. But if you want a pop of colour or character, you can add interesting rocks, shells or ornaments to suit your taste.
Final note: Try not to smother your succulents. As mentioned, they don’t need a lot of upkeep, so you can water them every other day—just enough to keep the soil moist.
There you have it! Three easy steps for your very own patch of Zen and green.
If you need any more ideas, check out A Better Florist’s the Hayden for succulents set in a beautiful reclaimed wooden box topped with some pebbles for that extra flair.