Starfish Flower Cacti: Tips For Growing Starfish Flowers Indoors
How To Grow A Starfish Flower Cactus?
The first thing you need to do is to buy a good quality plant from your local garden center or online. You will have to choose between several types of plants. Some are easy to grow, while others require special attention and some even don’t make it through the winter months at all!
If you want to start growing a starfish flower cactus, then you must first decide what kind of plant you would like to grow. There are many different kinds of plants available. These include:
Cacti (including succulents)
Ferns and other evergreen trees (such as ficus salicaria, ficus microcarpa, and ficus benjamina)
Shrubs (such as agaves, aloes, chamaecyparis novemcinctus, cymbopogon gerardii, echinodorus giganteus , ginkgo biloba , lantana , philodendron , schefflera , and syngonium podophyllum)
, , lantana and syngonium podophyllum) Grasses and Sedges ( such as blue eyes grass (cynodon dactylon), bulrushes (scirpus), canna lilies (canna), corn (Zea mays), fountain grass (pennisetum setaceum), gulf mallow (halimumily), marsh mallow (hibiscus), oat grass (avena), papyrus (cyperus), phormium tenax, rice (oryza), rudbeckia, sweet flag (Acorus), switch grass (panicum) and water chestnut (trapas natans)
Blue Eyes Grass (cynodon dactylon)
Canna Lilies (canna)
Corn (Zea mays)
Fountain Grass (pennisetum setaceum)
Gulf Mallow (halimumily)
Marsh Mallow (hibiscus)
Oat Grass (avena)
Sweet Flag (Acorus)
Switch Grass (panicum)
Water Chestnut (trapas natans)
Tips To Help You Take Care Of Your Plant
Once you have chosen what kind of plant you want to grow, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty.
To ensure your plant grows successfully, you will have to make sure your soil is sterile (free of harmful bacteria). If you buy a living plant at your local garden store, then the chances are that it is not sterile. You can buy sterilized soil at your local garden store as well.
The next important thing to do is to choose the right container. You will have to choose between plastic, clay, or wooden containers. Whichever you decide on, it is recommended that you drill holes in the bottom for drainage.
If you are in a dry environment, then it is best to choose a clay pot with a drainage hole. If you are in a damp environment, then a wooden or plastic pot would work better.
The final thing you will have to do is to choose where to put your plant. If you put it in a place sunnier than it previously was, then it will need more water than usual to keep it hydrated. If you put it in a shadier place, it will need less water.
What Sunlight Requirements Does It Need?
As a general rule of thumb, most cacti need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. If you are growing your plant indoors, then it is best to keep your plant near a window that faces the south. You can also use artificial lighting to help your plant thrive.
What Temperature Does It Prefer?
Most cacti can adapt to moderate changes in temperature. However, they do not do well in cold temperatures. If you are growing your cacti indoors, then it is best to keep your house at 22.5 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher. If you grow your cacti outdoors, then it will be fine in any climate.
What Soil Type Does It Need?
Most cacti grow fine in normal soil. However, some need a little more preparation before you plant them. It is best to buy a cacti/succulent potting mix (normal potting soil doesn’t have enough nutrients for the plant to grow properly) from your local garden store. You can also make your own potting mix by buying sand, vermiculite, and perlite (all sold at your local garden store). Be sure to mix everything together in a large bucket. After mixing everything together, add water until you achieve a cookie dough-like texture.
The succulent is likely growing in regular dirt right now. Take your hands and tear out as much of the soil as you can and throw it away (you don’t need it anymore). After throwing away the soil, take your potting mix and fill up the pot until it is level with the rest of the pot.
Be sure to leave enough space at the top so that you can add more soil (if it starts to fall out, then use less).
What Time Of Year Is It?
If you are growing a cacti outside, then chances are that it is Summer. Cacti can only grow during certain times of the year. They need to be planted during the Fall and then grow through the Winter and Spring until it is warm enough for them to flower in the Summer (in most cases). You can find out more about when specific cacti flowers on this website.
The best time to repot your cacti is in the early Spring.
What Type Of Water Does It Need?
Most cacti need a lot of water. However, if you live in a humid climate, then you will need to water your cacti less (once every 1-2 weeks) because the air is already moist. If you live in a dry climate, then you will need to water your cacti more (once a day) because the air isn’t as moist. Try getting a humidity gauge for your house so that you can keep track of the humidity levels.
If you want to be sure that you are giving your cacti the right amount of water, then it is best to check that your soil is dry before watering it again. To do this, grab some of the soil in your hand and squeeze it into a ball. If the ball of soil crumbles easily between your fingers then the soil is dry and it is time to water it.
You can water your cacti with normal tap water.
How Much Light Does It Need?
Most cacti need a lot of sunlight (at least 4 hours a day). However, if you live in an area that has very bright sunlight, then it is best to give the cacti a break from the sun every couple of days (shade it or place a light blanket over it). This will allow the cacti to remain healthy.
If the cacti starts getting long, “leaves”, then that means that it doesn’t have enough sun. These long leaves aren’t good for the cacti and should be cut off (just don’t cut off one of the arms – see picture).
What Type Of Soil Does It Need?
Most cacti need soil that is dry and doesn’t contain a lot nutrients. It is best to buy cacti soil from a garden store (or make your own). You can also put gravel, small rocks, or pebbles at the bottom of the pot for the cactus to sit on. This will ensure good drainage.
Fertilizer should not be given to your cacti.
What Type Of Temperature Does It Need?
Most cacti like warm temperatures. A temperature around 70 degrees is best. But if you live in a hot climate, then your cacti will be fine. Keep in mind that it will still need a lot sunlight and water (depending on the environment that it is in).
If you live in a cold climate, then your cacti might not be happy. A temperature of 50 degrees at night is the minimum (a bit warmer is preferred). The sunnier the area that you live in, the better.
If you can afford to, then put your cacti in a sunnier area of your house. Alternatively, you could put it in a greenhouse and leave it there during the night (every night).
What Type Of Pollution Does It Need?
Most cacti don’t do well if they are exposed to pollution (cars, factories, etc). Try choosing an area that is away from these things.
What Do They Eat?
Most cacti need very little food. It is best to just leave them alone and let them grow naturally. If you really want to feed it, then you could give it some organic matter (old rotten fruit or vegetables) or even a bit of jelly now and then. But this isn’t really necessary.
In the wild, many species of cacti are endangered.
Do you know why?
It is because humans are destroying their natural habitat every day. By buying and caring for a cactus, you are not only helping to save the environment, but you are also helping to save a life.
If you have any more questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask. I have a lot of experience with cacti and I am more than happy to share it all with you.
~ Michael Thompson, Gardening Expert
Sources & references used in this article:
Practical Cactus and Succulent Book: How to Choose, Nurture, and Display 200 Cacti and Succulents by B Pleasant – 2005 – Storey Publishing
Stapelia L.(Apocynaceae). by F Bailey, Z Allaway – 2019 – books.google.com
The Complete Guide to Keeping Your Houseplants Alive and Thriving: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply by SP Bester – 2006 – opus.sanbi.org
The best orchids for indoors by S Baker – 2011 – books.google.com