Create an Indoor Desert Garden
Fashion a miniature desert scene with a container garden of cacti and sand mulch.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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When to Start: Spring
At Its Best: Early Summer
Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours
- shallow planting bowl
- cacti soil
- heavy-duty gloves
- watering can
- miniature cacti; this selection includes: silver torch cactus, Mammillaria, elephant-ear pricklypear and Rebutia
Before You Start
Cacti famously survive on little water, but if you want them to grow and flower they should actually be watered regularly during the growing season. Giving them a thorough watering before planting will help the roots make good contact with the new soil, and they should grow very well.
All cacti hate to sit in water, so make sure it will run freely through the growing medium, and out of the bottom of the pot. The container should have lots of drainage holes, covered by a layer of pebbles, to prevent the soil from clogging up the holes.
Set Out the Plants
Put on your protective gloves and start arranging your plants. If you have chosen the position for each of your cacti before you start, planting will be easier and you are more likely to end up with a good overall effect. It makes sense to put smaller ones at the front and larger ones at the back, but also consider planting those with different habits, textures and flower color next to each other.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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