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!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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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