Cactus #472518 - Ask Extension


Cactus #472518

Asked July 22, 2018, 11:18 PM EDT

Why is my plant so ugly?? The flowers are incredible!!

Lane County Oregon

Expert Response

When was the last time you fertilized your cactus?  That could be part of the problem.  If you have any insect infestation that is sucking the life out of the leaves of the cactus, that could be it too.  Though succulents and cacti bear neglecting, they do need some TLC once in a while.  You could also try repotting your plant after it's done blooming in some nice, fertile soil with good drainage.

Good luck!
Maggie Matoba Replied July 23, 2018, 7:28 PM EDT

Thank you for your reply. I have never fertilized them!! What kind of fertilizer should I use?? I will also report them. They were given to me so don’t know how long it has been. 


The Question Asker Replied July 23, 2018, 8:34 PM EDT
Any organic fertilizer that has a balance of NPK.  Google for best succulent fertilizer and you will get lots of choices.  Good luck!
Maggie Matoba Replied July 27, 2018, 7:14 PM EDT

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