Coast of Maine 'Mount Desert Island Mix' Cactus& Succulent Mix

Product Description
Uses: Cactus, succulent, tropical palms and citrus plants

Mount Desert Island Blend is made from: sphagnum peat, organic compost, sand, aged bark, biochar, fish bone meal and kelp meal. This ready-to-use formula offers both excellent drainage and sufficient water retention. It is pH balanced and offers organic nutrients that promote healthy root and plant growth.

8 qt. - $8.98
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• Choose a container that will fit the cactus plants / succulents that you have chosen with a little room to spare for growth. A 3”- 4” depth container is adequate (cacti have shallow roots), and a drainage hole is needed. Clay pots are perfect.

• Fill the dish 1/3 to 1/2 full with Mount Desert Island Blend.

• Remove each plant from its pot and arrange in the container. Place tall-growing plants in the center and alternate plants with different shapes, textures and colors to create a miniature desert landscape.

• Once all plants are in place, add more mix to cover the root balls. Lightly press the potting mix around the plants, leaving about 1/2” to 1” space below the rim of the container to allow for watering. To avoid rotting the plant, cover only the plant’s roots with soil.

• Spread small pebbles or clean sand over the top of the soil after you’re done planting.

• Water sparingly after planting, just a small amount around each root ball. Keep in mind that cacti need less water than succulents. Place the cactus garden in a sunny warm location.

Select a pot with a drainage hole that is about 1” wider than the width of the root ball and fill it about one-third full of cactus mix.

• Remove the plant from its old pot using tongs, rubber gloves or rolled-up towel if it has spines. If it is pot-bound, use a knife and gently slip it around the inside of the pot to loosen it.

• Place the plant in the center of the pot and add mix to cover the root ball. Lightly press the potting mix around the plant, leaving about 1/2” to 1” space below the rim of the container to allow for watering. Make sure the plant is sitting at the same depth as it was in the original pot.

• Water the plant lightly and place in a sunny, warm location.

In the spring and summer, when the cactus is actively growing, the soil should be kept damp at around 1” below the surface. Also, during this time, fertilize 2 or 3 times with a fertilizer intended for these plants. Be careful not to over-water in the colder months when they are dormant and withhold all fertilizer.