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Winter Care for Cacti and Succulents

Cacti and succulents are great low maintenance plants for busy, experienced, and new gardeners.  Keep your plants healthy year-round by adjusting your indoor care to the changing seasons.

Move cacti and succulents to a draft-free cooler location for winter. A sunny window in an unused room or basement with artificial lights may be the perfect wintering spot for these plants. The cooler temperatures will help these sun-loving plants adapt to the lower light of winter.  Adjust your watering schedule to compensate for this decrease in light.  Water thoroughly and only often enough to keep the plants from shriveling.

These changes in care may also give you an added bonus of flowers in late winter.

As the days lengthen and the light intensity increases the plants will need more frequent watering.   Always check the soil moisture first.

A bit more information:  Wait until April when growing conditions improve to fertilize plants in need of a nutrient boost. Use a dilute solution of any indoor plant fertilizer. 

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