Cactus and succulents Gardening tools

A Kitchen Tool for Your Cactus

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Spiny houseplants like cactus and euphorbias are awkward to handle. You reach you hand down to move them and … ouch *&?%#! 

However, you can borrow a tool from your kitchen to move them readily: simple kitchen tongs! 

Just open the tongs and grasp the pot. Then you can move it, turn it or do pretty much anything you want with it while keeping a safe distance. 

You can even hold the plant body itself with the tongs. Photo:

You can even use the tongs to hold the plant itself when repotting or to grab cuttings to twist them free.

You might even want to hang the tongs from a hook near your prickly plants for easy access next time around.

Sometimes the simplest techniques are the most effective!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

1 comment on “A Kitchen Tool for Your Cactus

  1. These things help with harvesting prickly pear too, but only if they are very ripe, and ready to fall off.

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