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Does anyone fertilize their in-ground cactus?

Posted by pkponder 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 17, 11 at 6:32

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?


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RE: Does anyone fertilize their in-ground cactus?

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!

RE: Does anyone fertilize their in-ground cactus?

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


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