• Be careful not to overwater cacti, as this can lead to root – or overall – rot and fungal diseases.
• Wear thick gloves when working with cacti, especially varieties with fine or barbed spines. You can also put a paper collar around the stem before lifting to prevent your hands getting spiked.
• Use tweezers to extract any spines embedded in your skin.
• To repot root-bound cacti, use your hands – not a tool – to gently pull the roots apart for minimum damage.