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Cactus love

Good evening to you all,

I am back home. Happy to be back with my family.

On the other hand, I miss Puglia already: the evening sun peeking through the olive trees, the fresh figs, the pizzas, the good Puglian wines – I only drink on vacation 😉 – and of course the good company, a nice mixture of family and friends.

But there’s comfort. On the last day of our stay, I got up early and started cutting the cactus leaves. A very prickly business, I can tell you. I first took off the fruit – delicioso! – and then I cut the leave at the bottom. I filled two boxes, also with the leaves of the small cacti.

And now they have arrived home. So time to get them into pots. The ones I had planted last year grew well, so I put those in bigger pots now.

How do you plant a cactus? It is very simple!

  • Take a flower pot.
  • If you still have some fragments of terracotta, put this at the bottom.
  • Start with regular soil, then fill up with special potting soil for cacti.
  • Put the bottom of the leaf in the soil and push the soil around it, so it stays steady.
  • Water it once till twice a week, not too much.
  • The leaves will grow in spring
  • Wear gloves!

Good luck!

Ciao, ciao, Sophia



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  • Reply Frieda 20 September 2018 at 20:29

    De vijgen deden en doen het hier in de Lommelse tuin ook erg goed, zeker dit jaar. Ze blijven maar komen!
    Benieuwd of de cactussen aanslaan…

    • Reply Sophia 21 September 2018 at 14:52

      Dag Frieda,

      Ja wij hadden ook veel vijgen aan onze boom hier! Heerlijk he. De cactussen van vorig jaar deden het goed. Hopelijk die van dit jaar ook. Fijn weekend, Sophie

  • Reply Denise D'Alberti 20 September 2018 at 20:55

    Buona sera Sophie,
    The Cacti look lovely in the white pots. I didn’t realize they were so easy to transplant!
    Not that I have any in my neck of the woods…. haha
    Looking forward to seeing you!
    x 0

    • Reply Sophia 21 September 2018 at 14:55

      Buona sera mia dera amica!

      Yes thank you! I was also surprised last year, that the cacti did so well. Of course my love and attention helped too 🙂

      I am sure you can grow them too – in the winter you put them inside … Do you want me to bring you some? Well, I might get caught by customs, very dangerous and prickly weapons those cacti, haha.

      Looking forward to see you again soon, Sophia

  • Reply Silvia 21 September 2018 at 08:41

    Ik heb dit jaar een afgeknakte cactus (3 cm) in een potje met aarde geduwd.
    Er zijn al drie scheutjes aan! Zalig met planten bezig zijn en ze zien groeien.

    • Reply Sophia 21 September 2018 at 14:57

      Dag Silvia,

      Ja, dankbare planten he! Ik vind het ook heerlijk om ze te zien groeien.
      Ik heb er nog een paar extra liggen, maar dan moet je snel zijn 😉

      tot vlug, X Sophie

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