I travel a lot and I move even often and having too many flowers is not possible. The easiest plant we can keep at home is the over-resistant cactus. We bought our little Y. almost two years ago, but since then he grew up. The small pot seemed very small and improper for our growing cactus and a re-potting operation was necessary. My lack of practical skills, limited time and last but not least the scare of doing something clumsy enough to damage it prevented me from doing it.
Yesterday, it was the big day for the cactus and with a little bit of advice from the flower specialist from the shop nearby, we did it! Everything was done within 30 minutes and went smother than ever expected.
Here are the main steps:
The investment was minimal, less than 6 Euro: we bought special cactus soil, that has all the special ingredients needed usually by the cactus in their natural environment. We also bought a bigger pot - but medium size as the cacti, even our very simple sort doesn't need too much space - with a quite boring appearance for the moment, but we plan to do some nice paintings later.
We set up a newspaper for keeping the space clean during the earth removals. Added 3/4 of new soil in the new pot.
Smoothly removed the cactus from the old pot with a knife. Use a kitchen glove for not getting scratched by the needles, but be careful not to damage the needles either. As we noticed, the roots of our poor Y. were overcrowded and definitely needed more space to develop.
I installed the cactus in its new home and covered it with earth.
We added enough water for the next 3-4 days and looked satisfied to the happy results of our work. Now, our cactus has the best conditions to grow up as a big boy.
PS: Special thanks to S. who helped me with the pictures as well as with the main steps and suggestions for a fast and efficient re-potting.