now i don't mind buying cacti soil even if it is exorbitant here thats when you can find it,So can anyone tell me is it poss to make my own mix as i will be needing a good few bags this coming year and id rather make my own anyway if poss,any ideas has anyone done it before,if not ill keep looking down here ,,here's hoping now Good luck all and bye the way surprise!! surprise!!, its still raining here in Tenby and turned a bit cold
My father grows cacti on the roof in Malta, and very successful he is too. The soil must be completely free-draining, and when I mean completely, I mean more like a sieve. I would not think it bad to have 10% compost or soil, mixed with 90% fine grit and sharp sand. In fact the best way he found to propagate cacti was to stand the cuttings in sand that is kept damp, but stood on a saucer full of pebbles, so the water drains out the bottom. Contrary to popular myth, cacti love being watered and fed, in the summer a general feed every week will see them grow quickly, they are greedy sods!! The trick is the substrate they are planted in, if it holds moisture they will rot. The mix I have detailed sounds madness, and when you water them, it is alarming to see how much seems to flow straight through! But remember, the cactus itself holds all the water it needs, provided you have the correct soil mix, overwatering will never be a problem!
Managed to fish out some pictures, you have to love cacti flowers, they are VERY short lived typically less than 24hrs, and most cacti flower at night to be polinated by moths!!
Brumieben Hi many thanks for the info makes you wonder why they charge so much when theres nothing in the stuff, Right !! Brum do i need more than one cacti or an assortment to get them pollinated by these loverly moths or maybe the same type wot u think Matey
I wouldn't worry about them being pollinated, the best way to increase your stock is by giving the cacti that soil mix, good temperatures and a feed once a week. If you click on the bottom picture so it zooms, you will see all the offsets the parent cactus has produced. You simply cut them off and put in plain sharp sand that is watered once a day, they soon root. It is also very easy to 'graft' different cacti onto each other. There is tonnes of info on google. Good Luck.