I went a little nuts at Home Depot last night and bought 7 tiny cacti/succulents. Please help me to not kill them.
Obligatory picture of adorable tiny cacti here
. I have the furthest thing from a green thumb, so I'm trying to arm myself with as much information as possible so I don't murder these poor babies.
Issue 1: I would like to re-pot into something slightly larger, but these guys and gals are bone dry from being neglected at the store. I was reading online that the plants should not be watered for at least a week after repotting to allow any damaged roots to heal. Should I water now, and then re-pot? If so, how long should I wait before I re-pot? OR, should I re-pot now, wait a week or so, and then water for the first time? For what it's worth, none of the cacti look shriveled or like they're doing particularly poorly, the soil is just so dry.
Issue 2: I read somewhere that different types of cacti/succulents can benefit from different types of pots based on whether their root systems are more shallow or deep, but haven't been able to find out anything beyond that (like which types of cacti/succulents have shallow roots). Can anyone provide some insight? Will this even matter in the long run?
Issue 3: I'm kinda bad at determining how much light a plant will need. Right now, I have all of them sitting along the windowsill of a west facing window, so they would be getting lots of afternoon sun if they stay there (the picture above was taken at 7am). The rest of my apartment really doesn't get a whole lot of sun at all. The only other windowsills in the apartment sit directly above heating/ac units so I'm hesitant to put them in the path of near constant cold or hot blowing air. Or maybe hot blowing air would be a good thing? Will they be ok getting half a day of direct sun? I could potentially build a shelf on the opposite wall of where they sit now so that they get more indirect, rather than direct light.
Issue 4: I'm now in the process of trying to identify what is what, which will certainly help with figuring out light and potting requirements. All I know so far is that the third from right is a moon cactus, that it's grafted, and that it will probably only last a couple of years. I can provide better pictures later on today, but until then, can anyone help me with identifying these?
Issue 5: Does anyone have recommendations for good cactus soil, fertilizer, and pots? Bonus points for Amazon links.
Issue 6: I like to name my plants. Name suggestions are welcome and encouraged.