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 more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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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