...Cacti & Succulents...


Cacti create an atmosphere of solitude and mystery for everyone to enjoy. Cacti grow all over the world and in some of the harshest and extreme hot or cold climates. Each cactus has its own personality and characteristics, commanding respect from those passing by. Cacti also provide homes for many birds, lizards, and other animals in their desert environment.



Belgian’s Cactus House


The 'Cactus House' is designed to offer 5,400 square feet of prickly cacti and succulents for everyone's enjoyment. This warm and peaceful greenhouse was renovated in 1993 and is open year-round! Along with cacti of all shapes and sizes is our great selection of succulent plants with “not-so-prickly” leaves!  Enjoy a wander through Belgian’s Cactus House!

Pack a picnic and meet a friend! We have bistro tables waiting for you! Relax in the four season warmth of the cactus house and admire the majestic displays around you. A sure cure for the winter blues!

Our Cactus House features beautiful stone work by Schnurr Interlocking Stone. Visit their link below!





Annually from January 24 to February 24!


Over the years the Cactus Festival has become a great indoor winter escape. Everyone enjoys the warm and prickly experience! Many cacti sales are offered at this time. The Cactus Festival has become an annual event in Belgian’s Cactus House.
Come and enjoy!




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Light:

Cacti require a large amount of bright, sunny direct light. About 3 to 5 hours per day is usually sufficient. Cacti grown in lower light conditions will grow slowly and usually require less watering. Be careful if placing cacti outdoors for the summer as sunburn may occur.

Repotting:

Cacti like to be root bound. When your cactus is ready for repotting increase the pot by one size only. If you pot them a pot that is too big, they will not dry out fast enough and begin to rot. Always use a good cactus soil for repotting. It is always best to choose a pot with drainage. However you can use a pot without drainage, as long as you are cautious with your watering.

A tip to keep your hands thorn-less is to use a pad of newspaper or kitchen tongs to help maneuver the plant around. When repotting larger cacti, wrap a portion of the cactus with newspaper and lay the plant down to take the old pot off.

Watering:

Cacti like to dry out very well between watering, then receive a good drink that runs through the pot. Drain excess water away to make sure your plant never sits in water, as this will rot your plant. The time between watering depends on the amount of light and the size of your plant. On average, small pots need water about every two weeks. Medium and large plants water about once a month. Cacti require more water during their growing seasons (spring and summer).
When watering a cactus garden make sure to distribute the water evenly around the pot, pouring the water slowly. The most common death for a cactus is over-watering. Cacti can also dehydrate from not enough water. So rarely watering them is not good, either. 


Watering Guide:

1" - 3" Pots - Every 10 - 14 days, about 1/4 cup
6" - 10" Pots - Monthly, about four to six cups
12" - Pots - Water monthly, using  about two to three liters of water at once. Some large cacti go dormant from November to March and could be watered every 2 months during this time instead.

Dish Gardens:

Mini Gardens 5" - 6" - water twice a month using about 1 to 1.5 cups of water.
Medium Gardens 7" - 12" - water about once a month using about 2 to 3 cups of water.
Large Gardens 12" and up - water about once a month using about 3 to 5 cups of water.
When watering dish gardens, water well all the way around the pot pouring the water in slowly. Then leave it alone for one month.
Many dish garden do not have drainage. If you have a pot without drainage make sure you give the garden enough water to get to the bottom of the pot, but not too much that the water builds up.



Fertilizer:

Cacti are slow growing and can store lots of nutrients for many months. Use an all-purpose food at half strength twice a year, once in the spring and again in the summer during their growing season. Cactus fertilizer is also available. Simply follow the directions on the label.

 Temperature:

Cacti can live in average house temperatures. They can easily withstand temperatures from 10°C to 32°C (50°F to 90°F). In cooler locations they will also need less water.

Plant Problems:

Poor watering practices are the #1 killer of most cacti. Root rot is caused from  watering too often or being left to sit in excess water. To try and cure, place plant in a warm dry area to dry it out faster. Some plants may never revive depending on the severity. Change watering habits to prevent this problem from happening again.

Dehydration is caused from not enough water or too much time between waterings. To re-hydrate your cacti water thoroughly,  draining excess water away.
The odd time cacti can die from unknown reasons, even when you do everything right.

Insects:

Mealy bug and Scale insects are pests that can affect cacti. Mealy bugs look like small cotton masses, while scale insects have brown or gray shells and look similar to bark. Both of these pests can be removed by using rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or Q-tip and swabbing off the insect. Spray with an indoor houseplant insecticide. This process must be done 2 to 3 times at one-week intervals. Monitor weekly for up to a month afterwards to ensure there is no further infestation.

-open/close- -open/close-Pruning & Propagating Cacti & Succulents

Pruning:

Cacti can be cut back when they grow too tall or become top heavy. Keep in mind that there will always be a scar left where the cactus was cut. The place where you cut it back may send out new branches; this may take 6 or 8 months to happen. The piece that was cut off can be used as a cutting to start a new plant. See propagation for more details.

Propagation:

Cacti can be started by seeds or by taking cuttings. Seeds are very slow to germinate and it may even take years to grow one inch tall.
When starting a new cactus from a cutting, you need to cut a section of the plant. Lay the cutting on paper to let the end dry and form a callus. The length of time depends on the size of cactus piece; this may be anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks. Place bottom portion of cactus in a pot with cactus soil. Water in well and then keep the soil slightly moist until it starts to root; it may take 10 to 15 weeks to develop a root system. Just as with any cuttings, some may not root. Experiment and have fun!