Pretty Pricks top tips for not killing your cactus

You would not believe the amount of house plants I’ve killed. Mostly succulents and venus fly traps. One thing I’ve managed to keep alive longer than six months, though, is cacti.

Pretty Pricks is a local business owned by two badass babes Melanie Heaney and Amy Warsop. I met the guys at Eat The Disco, which you can read about here.

At Eat The Disco round two, I picked up a couple of plants for my office. I grabbed this adorable little heart shaped cutie (Sweetheart) and this big prickly sod!

Now, Pretty Pricks don’t claim to be cactus experts, but they know a prick when they see one. With house plants like cacti being inexpensive and super trendy, every house, café and shop has one somewhere. The gals have four ‘basic bitch rules’ for looking after your cacti which will help those a little less green-fingered to not kill their plants. 


Once a week in summer from March to September. Easy af. Sunday morning, soak ya succers and make sure they can drain well.


No water in winter. That means you can literally forget about your plant from October to February and it’ll pretty much look after itself.

Plenty of sun

Cacti tend to live in areas of drought, like deserts, where it’s mega sunny. Make sure your cactus is in a spot where it’ll soak up a lot of sun.


In winter, be sure to either bring your cactus inside, or cover it with a frost blanket to protect them from the frost.

I mean, it really doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?

By following these four simple rules, you’re guaranteed to keep your prickly pal alive.


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  1. July 15, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    I’m terrible at keeping plants alive but maybe I could look after a cactus! These ones are so cute! x

  2. July 15, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Great post! I love cacti and have recently resorted to buying a fake one because I barely keep myself alive, let alone a plant 😂 so reading this post was pretty useful and I have a bit more hope that I won’t murder this like other plants. Your cacti are so cute!

  3. July 15, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    I’m so due an Ikea trip which means I’m also due to get some more plans and this post will mean I’ll keep them alive haha xx

  4. July 17, 2018 / 5:07 am

    What beautiful lil pricklies! 💕 I have a cactus, his name’s Watson, and he really is low maintenance. I still give him the regular dose of TLC and the neighbors give me the weird look when I put him out on the porch and talk to him haha!

  5. July 17, 2018 / 6:24 am

    THANK YOU! I somehow keep killing mine! xxx

  6. July 18, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    BEST BLOG POST TITLE EVER! Also, I kill all plants. Thank god I’m good with keeping the kids alive though LOLS x

  7. July 18, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Pretty Pricks – so cute! haha I love the heart shaped one – Alicia Xo

  8. July 24, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    I didn’t think they needed anything haha, great tips I will definitely know from now on x

  9. loverosiee1
    July 26, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    my little cactus and aloe vera plants are the only things in my house i havent killed! they’re so low maintenance and i love that!rosie

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