If I hadn’t learned this tip about cactus care, I probably would have lost my plant this last winter when the temperatures started to really drop
When I started tending to plants, it wasn’t my intention to become so obsessed with cacti and succulents. I really just wanted fresh herbs for my daily homemade cooking, but the process of growing them was more fun than I expected. It’s really nice to have fresh rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, and tarragon to use at a moment’s notice. Even if you can find a local health food store that sells organic spices in bulk, you never know their exact age or how long they have been inside their containers. My hobby evolved when I found a cool looking cactus at the clearance section in the hardware store’s lawn and garden department. I took it home and went on the internet to learn proper cactus and succulent care. My intention was to simply find water guidelines, but instead I went down a rabbit hole of custom soil mixes and special clay pots and planters. That community is huge and there are ample forums on the internet to learn tips and advice. One thing that I’m glad I learned was keeping most cacti in the house during winter freezes. Although some cacti will go dormant and survive extreme cold temperatures, others will die the minute they’re frozen on the inside. It’s not imperative to keep them in a room that is getting constant heat from the furnace, however they just need to be kept above 32 degrees ideally. If I hadn’t learned this tip about cactus care, I probably would have lost my plant this last winter when the temperatures started to really drop. I’m thinking about getting more cacti in the future if this one survives and doubles in size.