These are some of the questions asked most frequently at our markets:

What is the difference between cacti and succulents?

This is a good question!  All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti!  Succulents are plants that store water in their stems, roots and leaves.  Cacti are a type of succulent.  They have small, round cushion-like structures called areoles in which flowers and hair can grow.  They can be tall and thin, or short and round, but must have areoles to be classed as cacti

How often do they need watering?

In the Spring and Summer, during the growing season, you will need to water your plant approximately every 2 weeks.  Adjust the amount of water according to the size of the plant and let the soil dry out completely before watering again. During the autumn and winter, when the plants are dormant, keep them as dry as possible

How much light do they need?

Cacti and succulents grow best with lots of light, high temperatures, low moisture and good drainage.  Give your plant the sunniest spot in your house. A window sill away from draughts is usually the best place.  Some direct sun is preferential to encourage flowers

How fast do they grow?

Most cacti and succulents grow slowly. Some varieties grow more quickly, but on average, once established, most cacti grow 1-3cm in height each year

How often will they need re potting?

Varieties differ, but your cactus will probably need repotting every 2 to 4 years.  It depends on the plant, it's condition and the way it is cared for.  Plants that are not fed every year will benefit from re potting in order to replenish the soil. We add slow release fertiliser to our coco compost which will feed your plant for the first year of it's life

Do all cacti have flowers?

All cacti have the potential to flower, but this is dependent on having the right conditions.  To encourage flowers, keep dry and cool in the winter (when dormant) and offer as much sun as possible from the start of spring (when active). Flowers usually appear in spring and are often very short lived, sometimes lasting for only a day

Can you keep them outside?

Cacti and succulents do not survive well outside in the UK climate due to fluctuating temperatures and too much rain!

Do they need misting?

Cacti and succulents do not require misting.  Surface moisture and humidity are harmful to desert dwelling plants.  The exceptions are christmas cacti and fishbone cacti which are rainforest dwelling species and enjoy more humid conditions