About Us

Welcome, I’m Lee and I run this site with my wife Claire.

We live in England, UK, probably the gray sky capital of the world.

In fact, it wasn’t until recently that I realized it was possible to grow cacti successfully in this kind of climate, let alone indoors as we do.

Our journey started when my brother-in-law brought over a succulent as a gift.

I have no idea what type it was, but he reassured us that they are very hard to kill (he knows that we’re not the best when it comes to looking after houseplants)!

Turns out he was wrong…. we did manage to kill it and to this day, I have no idea why!

A blessing in disguise

My wife was very fond of that poor succulent and suggested we visit the garden center to replace it.

As we walked through the large automatic doors, the succulent section took pride of place just past the reception desk.

While Claire looked around, I was drawn to the cacti section.

I couldn’t believe all of the different types that were available in all of their different shapes, sizes, and colors.

I was amazed.

Claire chose a plant that she liked and I couldn’t help but grab a couple of cactus plants for myself and some fancy, expensive pots they had conveniently placed next to them.

We also purchased a potting mat, some miniature tools, and the most important thing, a big book to teach us the basics as we hadn’t a clue!

That’s where our obsession with cacti first started and has only grown since.

Our first cactus and succulent haul consisiting of 2 cacti, 1 succulent, some pots and a guide book.
Our first cactus & succulent haul

How can we help you?

We still vividly remember how daunting it was when we first purchased our first couple of cactus plants.

We managed to figure stuff out through countless hours of research, talking with other enthusiasts & actual experts, and more importantly, through experience.

So if you’re head is buzzing with questions such as;

  • How do I find that fine line between underwatering and drowning my cactus?
  • Is this enough light or will they get sunburnt?
  • I need to repot the little guy, what if I break something?

Yup, I’ve been there. In fact, I would regularly check in on my first cactus just to make sure it hadn’t suddenly and unexplainably died!

So, after a lot of trial and error, we created ‘Secret Lives of Cacti’ to help you avoid making the same mistakes we did in the early days, and help you raise your prickly babies with newfound confidence.

Think of it as your ‘one-stop-shop’ for battle-tested information on growing cacti indoors including watering, soil types, lighting, feeding, and propagation.

How about you?

We’d love to hear from you. What part of the world are you from and how did you get mixed up in this crazy world of cacti & succulents?

You can contact us here.

We look forward to talking to you soon!