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How To Revive A Sunburned Cactus

Treating a cactus sunburn can be a tricky business. Cacti are incredibly resilient plants, but they are also very sensitive to sunlight. When exposed to too much sun, cacti can suffer from sunburns and other sun-related damage. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to help your cactus heal from a sunburn. We’ll discuss the different ways to treat a cactus sunburn and how to prevent it from happening in the future.

What Is Cactus Sunburn

You’d think that any cactus plant would be able to thrive in extremely hot, sunny with no shade, and drought-like conditions. However, that is not the case for some certain species of cacti. Some varieties of cacti can actually get solar damage and can even die from too much exposure. Typically, a cactus plant that’s been sunburned will be much yellower on the side that faces the sun the most. In more dire circumstances, a cactus plant will appear bone white indicating it’s near death.

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Shade cacti thrive in partially shaded environments. These plants are often found in the desert, but can also be found in other areas with limited sunlight. Shade cacti come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be found in many different colors. Some of the most popular species include the Pincushion Cactus, Barrel Cactus, Christmas Cactus, and Fairy Castle Cactus. Shade cacti are relatively easy to care for, and require little water or maintenance. They are an ideal choice for those looking to add a touch of color and low-maintenance greenery to their home but aren’t exactly cut out for full sun.

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How To Treat Sunburned Cactus

If your cactus is suffering from sunburn, there are some simple steps you can take to help treat it. First, move your cactus to a shady area. Direct sunlight can be too intense for the plant and cause sunburn. Second, check the soil to make sure it is not too dry, and water your cactus as needed. Third, inspect the cactus for any signs of infection such as discoloration or soft spots. If you find any, treat them with a fungicide. Finally, avoid fertilizer for a few weeks, as this can increase the risk of sunburn.

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How To Prevent Sun Damage To A Cactus

Cacti are succulents that are naturally adapted to desert climates, and as such can be sensitive to sunburn. To prevent cactus sunburn, it is important to provide adequate shade and protection from direct sunlight. When planting cacti outdoors, it is best to select a spot that has some shade during the hottest part of the day. Additionally, if planting indoors, make sure to place the cactus in an area that is out of direct sunlight, as indoor sunlight can still cause sunburn.

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If a cactus needs to be moved outdoors, be sure to slowly introduce them to direct sunlight, and monitor them closely for signs of solar damage. Finally, when summer months approach, consider providing your cactus with additional shade or protection with a piece of light fabric or netting. Following these steps will help to ensure that your cactus is protected from sunburn.

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Cody Medina
Small Scale Farmer
Hi there! I'm Cody, a staff writer here at The Garden Magazine and a small-scale farmer living in Oregon. I've been gardening most of my life and now live on a quarter-acre farmstead with chickens, ducks, and a big garden.
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