How To Plant Cactus In Stardew Valley

They cost 150g and are exclusively available from Sandy at the Oasis. When the pond’s population reaches 10, you can additionally get two to five cactus seeds from a pond with sandfish or scorpion carpfish. The Skull Cavern occasionally has treasure rooms where you can find fifteen cactus seeds.

Cactus seeds can be placed outside on the farm, but the following day they will either be gone or dead. Only in the Greenhouse, within another structure using a Garden Pot, or on Ginger Island are cactus plants permitted for cultivation.

Acquiring the seeds

Buying cactus seeds is the first step in planting them. You may purchase the seeds online or at the majority of garden supply stores. The benefit of internet shopping is that you may choose your favorite species with a single click on your laptop, and delivery is made right to your door. Even in packages of various species, the seeds are sold in some stores.

The alternative is to collect your own seeds from cacti that are currently in bloom in case you want to grow them. The seed pods are typically some flower-bearing offshoots that are colorful. The pod is all that is left once the blooms have fallen off.

The optimum time to plant your seeds is in late winter or early spring since it will give the seedlings plenty of time to thrive during the summer.

Harvesting from the pods

As previously noted, you must eliminate the pods if you choose to collect the seeds by hand. It is advised to take the pods out while they are still somewhat damp but not wet. Typically, the pod contains the seeds.

You must take the seeds out of your cactus after you have taken out all of the ripe pods. Slice the pods using a knife, then remove the seeds. Note that various species have distinct seed colors. Some have crimson spots or are typically black. Their sizes also vary; some are really small.

The soil you plant the seeds in is significant

Cactus seedlings are not tolerant of ill-draining soil, for one thing. The soil must be disinfected in order to prevent your seedlings from frequent cactus issues like bacteria and mould.

Sterilizing soil

Before utilizing it to sow the seedlings, you can sterilize the soil in a number of methods.

with steam

Use a pressure cooker to steam the soil. Place shallow soil pans (no deeper than 4 inches) over the rack top of the pressure cooker and add a few cups of water. Close the lid after wrapping each pan in foil paper. For around 30 minutes, steam.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, put soil-filled pans (often covered in foil) on a rack in a sterilizing container filled with an inch of water. For around 30 minutes, steam the container with the lid on.

After heating the soil using either method, let it cool while it is wrapped in foil until you are ready to use it.

the use of a microwave

If you choose to use a microwave, put moist soil in microwave-safe containers and cover with a lid. Foil is not appropriate here. To avoid pressure buildup, make sure the lids have ventilation holes.

For 90 seconds, warm the soil. Covering the ventilation holes with tape will allow the soil to cool.

A polypropylene bag filled with two pounds of moist soil would be the alternative. To allow for air, place the soil in the microwave with the top left portion open. About two minutes and thirty seconds of maximum power heating the earth. When finished, seal the bag and let it cool.

using a stove

You require a container designed specifically for use in an oven for the oven. Place dirt in the container to a depth of about 4 inches, then wrap it in foil. Put a thermometer in the center and heat it for about 30 minutes at 180F.

When the allotted time has passed, let the soil cool, and only take the foil off when you’re ready to use it.

You must discover the proper ratios while creating a soil combination for your cactus seedlings in order for them to germinate. You will require

  • Granite or pumice stone
  • Cactus dirt
  • Vermiculite
  • Perlite

First, cactus soil and pumice stone should form the foundation of the soil combination. Start by getting rid of any pieces in the cactus soil because they could serve as a breeding ground for germs and hinder proper water drainage.

The cactus soil should be mixed with pumice or granite stone after being sifted. If pumice stone is not available, you can alternatively use limestone screens, which is a less expensive alternative. Ascertain that the pumice is about 10% greater than the cactus soil.

Pour the mixture where the seeds will be planted rather than packing it down; try to keep it as natural-looking as possible. A 2-inch pot is adequate because seedlings are relatively little. Even existing materials can be used to create containers for the seeds.

If you are using previously used pots, make sure to carefully clean them to avoid any bugs destroying the seedlings even before they germination. You can use bleach water and a thorough rinsing to clean them.

These seeds require a soil with good drainage. Make sure the soil is moistened, but that the water drains completely.

Spread your cactus seeds around the soil rather than squeezing them in. Then you can cover them with a thin layer of cactus dirt or sand. They only have limited amounts of stored energy, which might not be able to penetrate far into the soil before running out, which is why it is not a good idea to bury them deeply in the ground.

Once you have planted the seedlings, make sure to identify your pots. It is especially important if you grow different species in different containers because you can give each one unique care. Because some species are too similar to one another, you don’t want to run into problems growing them. Otherwise, you might mistake one for the other.

Exposing the seeds to the sun

It is necessary to cover the seeds with a clear lid or plastic wrap after moistening the soil and filling them with sand. Put your seeds in a well-chosen spot, preferably inside, where they will receive the ideal quantity of sunlight. Put them on a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight.

They don’t like direct sunshine, so don’t leave them outside. The transparent lid’s function is to hold in moisture, aid in cactus sprouting, and let light reach the plant.

Keep an eye on your seedlings. The likelihood of them being burnt increases if they start to turn purple or red. Limit the quantity of light coming in.

The seeds need heat during the early stages just as much as they need the sun. The kitchen and other warm rooms of the house are great. To increase germination, you can also buy a heating mat that you lay beneath the seed containers.

In order to prevent retaliation, where the plant becomes thinner and softer until it breaks when touched, heat and light are crucial as the cactus matures.

What to do when germination starts

Cacti grow slowly, as was already mentioned, thus patience is required to see them through. Your seedlings should begin to germinate after planting and with the appropriate lighting and temperature. The wait time could be a month or longer.

At this point, tiny spines start to develop. This is the signal to remove the plastic wrap or clear lid so the plant may breathe. To avoid this, open the top for a few hours during the day and then gradually increase the hours.

Remember that water evaporates considerably more quickly when the cactus is exposed, so you’ll need to follow a watering schedule to keep the plant alive.

The best water to use to stop the growth of bacteria and algae is fresh or distilled water. Avoid using tap water on your cacti if you think it tastes chloriney. Since the roots are so delicate, employing chlorine-laced water will cause them to burn. The cactus might be killed as a result of this.

Even while the seedlings appear to be growing well when they sprout, the roots are actually still very weak and unable to properly absorb nutrition. Till they outgrow the plastic covering, keep the seedlings there. Until the roots are strong enough, the high relative humidity makes it easier for the roots to absorb nutrients and water.

Since certain species lack spines, the emergence of seedlings serves as a measure of growth. Make sure there is no water left on the ground. Continue looking for overwatering warning indicators. The container shouldn’t contain any standing water. To determine how moist or dry the soil is, stick your finger into it.

Maintain the schedule you established when you first began watering them after germination. Watch out for specific symptoms, such as seedling thinning, which could be a sign of inadequate lighting. Overwatering might have occurred because of the algae, which might be on top of the soil. A cactus with fungus infection will begin to develop black patches.


It’s time to repot when the seeds have outgrown their current container. You need a container that drains rapidly, so choose it wisely. To prevent root rot, you need one with drainage holes so that during watering, the excess water drains.

Pots made of terracotta and unglazed ceramic are excellent examples of pots with adequate drainage. Other types of containers, however, can also function; the important thing is to choose one that drains water rapidly and doesn’t leave the soil water-logged.

The amount of water you give the cactus also affects whether or not your plant rots, even if you have the appropriate container.

Cacti naturally grow slowly, so it may take them up to a year to reach marble size. You should repot it at this time to give it room to grow healthily. Choose the suitable pot size because a small pot stops a plant from growing properly.

The same recipe you used for the cactus’ previous soil should be utilized to create a new mixture once you remove the plant from its previous plastic cover. Place the plant in the container after forming it, then add the soil mixture.

After three to four days, water the mixture and make sure the plant is not covered with plastic wrap or a lid.

Recovery time after repotting

After repotting, letting the plant adapt to the new alterations will help it stay trouble-free. Plants might become stressed out while repotting, and they require time to recover. If you had previously placed it close to a location with plenty of sunlight, you might want to try placing it in the shadow for a few days while it heals. After that, you can gradually reintroduce it to sunlight until it is able to withstand the heat.

Cacti demand less water than other houseplants than other potted plants. Given that they are succulents, they frequently store water to utilize later when the soil dries up. A common rule of thumb is to hold off on watering the plant again until the soil has dried up.

You can even water your plant once a month once it has grown. The majority of species’ water needs are lowest in the winter. Water the plant only when necessary at this time. Because it is simpler to manage with inadequate water than excess, you would prefer to have a plant that is under watered than one that is overwatered.

Use cactus fertilizer to aid with growth during the growing season. Contrary to other plants, cacti typically require less fertilizer.

You should be able to successfully grow your cactus from seed using the following procedure. You can easily see it grow from the seeds all the way to the top if you want to enjoy the process.

When can cacti be planted?

Mid-May to late June or early July is the best window of opportunity for outdoor cactus planting. In order to give the soil time to settle, we advise preparing the soil 14 days prior to the intended planting date.

Where should a cactus be placed?

Nowadays, cacti and succulents are highly popular indoor plants, therefore taking good care of them is crucial. They occur in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from the small to the enormous. Because they share traits that enable them to endure in arid conditions, cacti and succulents belong to the same category.

The majority of succulents and cacti are endemic to desert environments. They will therefore thrive in conditions with lots of light, good drainage, hot temperatures, and little wetness. However, some cacti and succulents, like Schlumbergera, enjoy semi-shady and wet environments because that is their natural habitat.

The easiest way to take care of cacti and succulents is to try to mimic their natural environment. The essential factors you should take into account when taking care of your succulents and cacti are listed below.

Light, temperature and ventilation

It is advisable to arrange cacti and succulents in a bright area because they do best with good light sources. A place that faces south will get plenty of light. But be careful not to place them in direct sunlight since the strong light may cause the plants to turn yellow. The best kind of light for growing cacti and succulents depends on the species that you are using. For instance, forest-dwelling epiphytes like Rhipsalis require some shade, whereas an Echeveria requires strong light.

It is ideal to keep the plants cool at night, between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius, during the fall and winter. The plants will survive in high temperatures, but they require sufficient ventilation in the spring and summer.


Since Westland cacti and succulent potting mix has included girt and sand for the best drainage, it is a good compost to use. Additionally, it has the ideal quantity of nutrients for your succulents and cacti.

Watering and feeding

It’s a popular misperception that succulents and cacti just need a tiny bit of water. Although their leaves and stems can store water, allowing them to survive in dry environments, they will not grow in environments with little water. Your cactus or succulents’ ability to develop successfully depends on regular watering. Underwatering results in shriveling while overwatering stunts growth.

Instead of using tap water to water plants, use lukewarm rainfall. This is because the minerals in tap water can settle on the leaves and accumulate in the soil. Additionally, minerals obstruct the plant’s access to vital nutrients.

Spring and summer

The plants need to be watered at least once a week during the growing season. Give the soil a good soak when watering, letting any extra water run away. Every time you water the compost, give it a little time to dry out.

Utilize Westland Cacti and Succulent Feed, a recommended recipe to use, to feed your plants once a month. They create more robust growth that is more resistant to disease and has superior flowering thanks to it. Simply take a 5ml quantity of the feed from the dosing chamber and mix it into 1 liter of water.

Autumn and winter

The plants enter a period of rest at this time. Reduce watering so that the potting mix dries out in between applications. The type of succulent and the environment it is in will determine how frequently it has to be watered. Winter-flowering cactus should be kept warm and watered frequently now, whereas desert-dwelling cacti don’t need to be watered. Cacti and succulents don’t need to be fed during this time.


The optimal time to repot cactus or succulents that are pot-bound is in the spring. To replant:

  • Before carefully taking the plant from the pot, water it and let it drain. Use folded paper to shield your hands from the spikes.
  • To avoid damaging the roots, remove the old soil from around them with a thin stick, like a chopstick.
  • The new container, which has a slightly larger diameter, should be filled with potting soil before placing the plant inside of it.
  • The remaining potting mix should be added to the pot and compacted.
  • To stop the rotting of injured roots, stop watering for a few days.

The finest care for your succulents or cacti comes from maintaining these conditions. The most crucial thing to keep in mind when taking care of your plant is that you are trying to mimic its natural environment!