For city dwellers, how to take care of potted cactus

By Marjorie Gorospe

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET— Just like any plant, growing a cactus will require proper care and maintenance, according to Benguet entrepreneur and cactus grower Elaine Daclis.

Elaine has been selling different varieties of cactus since 1970. Cacti easily grow in Benguet with its good cold weather and Elaine says there’s a big demand of cacti grown from the province.

“Maybe because we are known to be good planters and we also sell the plants cheaper,” Elaine says.

Elaine transports her products from Benguet to the Manila Seedling Bank in Quezon City to make the cacti closer to more customers. She says it's easy to look after the plants in Benguet since they have the luxury of space there.

Three potted cacti can be bought from her for as low as P100. “These cacti that I sell are eight-month old although they are still in a small pot. There are ways that customers in Metro Manila can prolong the life of these potted cacti,” Elaine says.

First, Elaine says if the buyer intends to make it as a home decoration, make sure that the plant is placed near a window where the plant can get enough daylight.

“Remember that it can get burned too, so this should be one of your considerations,” Elaine says.

Potted cacti needs more watering than those planted in the ground. But Elaine says too much watering can be harmful to the plant.

“It is best to keep the soil moist. You can water the potted cactus every three days especially if you’re using mixed soil and some husk,” she says.

You can also check if the soil is dry by placing a wooden pencil or stick at the bottom of the pot and check whether the soil has moisture.

Like any plants, Elaine says cactus grows and needs food too. “The best way to give the right nutrients to the plants is by re-potting them into new mixture of soil, kusot, and fertilizer as they grow.”

(For those interested in getting in touch with Elaine Daclis, click here - http://loqal.ph/business-and-finance/2011/07/11/elaine-daclis-cactus-grower/ )

***

loQal.ph (http://loqal.ph/ ) is a website owned and operated by Filquest Media Concepts, Inc. It works under the principle of giving voice to the voiceless, empowering Filipinos and uplifting the image of the Philippines by highlighting its unique culture. To do this, the loQal.ph team produces stories, video, photos and other multimedia content types to inspire and celebrate Filipino achievements, ideas, products and places.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Filipino on US most wanted list killed: rebels, military
    Filipino on US most wanted list killed: rebels, military

    A Filipino on the United States' list of most wanted "terrorists" has been killed in a firefight in the southern Philippines, Muslim rebel leaders and the military said Monday. Abdul Basit Usman was killed in a remote mountainous area while being escorted by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the nation's biggest rebel group, its vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar said. Security forces had been hunting Usman since he escaped from a January police raid that killed Malaysian …

  • SE Asia Stocks-Mixed; Indonesia ends 7-day losing streak

    JAKARTA, May 4 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian shares mostly traded mixed on Monday, with Indonesia and the Philippines rebounding after a recent bout of weakness. Indonesian stock index rose 1.3 percent after ... …

  • Philippines says Islamist militant was killed by followers

    The Philippines' most wanted Islamist militant, whose death at the weekend could boost peace efforts in the country's south, was killed by his own bodyguards in pursuit of a bounty offered by the United States, the head of the military said on Monday. Abdul Basit Usman, a militant with strong al Qaeda links who was blamed for numerous bomb attacks in the southern Philippines, had been hunted by security forces since 2002. "There was in-fighting among his group," General Gregorio Pio Catapang …

  • EM ASIA FX-Firm dollar, weak China factory survey hurt Asia FX

    * Won falls on weak exports, PMI; mkt wary of intervention * Rupiah down on bonds, NDFs; Indonesia's Q1 GDP eyed * Philippine peso lowest in more than a month (Adds text, updates prices) By Jongwoo Cheon ... …

  • Philippine military chief confirms wanted militant killed

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed. …

  • PSC sports venues deteriorating – COA
    PSC sports venues deteriorating – COA

    The Commission on Audit (COA) has noted the sorry state of the country’s sports venues despite supposedly receiving sufficient funds from the government. It reported that the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) got an additional budget of P626.563 million in 2013 alone but failed to maintain and upgrade the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Malate, Manila and the Philsports Complex in Pasig City. This, according to the COA report, is already a disadvantage to the country’s athletes. …

  • Taguig bettor wins P39.2-M lotto jackpot
    Taguig bettor wins P39.2-M lotto jackpot

    A player from Taguig City won the jackpot of the 6/42 Regular Lotto’s May 2 draw, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced yesterday. PCSO general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas said the still unidentified winner guessed the six-digit winning combination, 12-42-16-04-11-08, which has a jackpot of P39.2 million. At least 80 other players won P11,420 each after they guessed five digits of the winning combination. The 6/42 Regular Lotto online game is drawn every Tuesday, …

  • Tropical depression spotted off Mindanao
    Tropical depression spotted off Mindanao

    A tropical depression hovering over the Pacific Ocean is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday and may bring much-needed rain to the country later this week, the state weather bureau said yesterday. As of 10 a.m. yesterday, the weather disturbance was spotted at 1,615 kilometers east of Mindanao with maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. PAGASA said …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options