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What you need:
  • Assorted small cacti
  • Gravel
  • Ceramic container
  • Cactus mix
  • Grit for topdressing
First, fill the planter with 2-3" of gravel. This is essential to provide adequate drainage for your plants.
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Next, fill the container within an inch or two of the rim with commercial cactus soil mix.
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Arrange the plants in the container in a design that's appealing to you.
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Remove each plant from its pot and plant them according to your design. Scoop back a little soil and place the plant in the hole.
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Once the plants are in place, add more soil as necessary and firm the root balls into place.
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Add a layer of gravel and decorative rocks. Wait 3-4 days for the roots to settle before watering.