Does anyone fertilize their in-ground cactus?

PKponder TX(7b)April 17, 2011

We built a cactus garden a couple of years ago and it contains a mix of native prickly and barrel cactus (thank you Kylie!), red yucca, mexican feather grass and manfreda (thank you Ragna!). They are beginning to bloom and since that area is largely not watered and never fed, I'm wondering if it could use a boost?

TIA,

Pam

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tx_ag_95(7/8 Lewisville)

Maybe, but.....prickly pear typically grows where there's not a lot of "food", at least I've seen more than one person say to get rid of it by amending the soil. I'd think the best thing for them would be to replicate their native conditions, which wouldn't get much added nutrients. They probably would benefit more from a bit extra of water when we go without rain for the winter. I'd think the barrel cactus would be the same, but I'm not sure about the rest. From my experience, cacti in the ground benefit best from benign neglect!

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PKponder TX(7b)

Thanks! That's pretty much what I figured ;-) I don't want to kill them with kindness.

Pam

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 5:21AM
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