How to Grow a Cactus in Central Texas

I want to grow a cactus…but how?

The first thing to know if you want to grow a cactus in central Texas: Don’t over think it. 

Cacti are awesome. They take care of themselves and they look cool. Best of all – they are easy to grow. 

  • Step 1 – find a cactus you like. 
  • Step 2 – Steal a pad. Or you could actually ask the owner  – Most cool people won’t care. But, there is more adrenaline involved if you snag the pad without permission.
  • Step 3 – Drop the pad where you want it to grow. 
  • Step 4 – Mic drop. Check that box. 

The picture is from a cactus at our office. Allison dropped one single pad on the mulch about a year ago and look at it now. 

Other tips: 

  • Some people recommend burying half the pad vertically. 
  • Use soil that drains well. 
  • Don’t over water it. Think about deserts. Maybe once a month. Or just when it rains. 
  • Even the “spineless” varieties have spines. Wear gloves…or just use tools. 
  • Cacti look great in certain yards and strange in others – make sure the aesthetic makes sense. 

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