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What We Can Learn About Cacti and Succulents

Succulents and cacti are not all the same but all cacti are succulents. You can have a succulent which is not a cactus. Succulents have the ability to store. Aloe vera is a popular example of a succulent.

To distinguish between cacti and other succulents, look for areoles which are structures that look like cushions where branches, leaves, spines, hair, and flowers emanate from. Any succulent that has no circular areole does not belong to the cactus family.

Most succulents can thrive anywhere, but cacti can only thrive in a few places. The varieties of cacti and succulents are survivors. They have tough skin that makes most predators and pests do not like them. Their leaves, stems, and roots also contain a lot of water and this is the reason why they are able to survive even very dry environment for long. Their thorns protect them from dangers.

It is quite difficult to choose cactus because there are many varieties to choose from.

There is a cactus variety that can grow up to 50 feet and it is a giant spined one. As small as a thimble is a tiny cactus rosette. The survival or failure of your cactus and succulent is affected by the way they are potted.

Pot your cactus or succulent in a clay pot with a drainage hole. The width of the pot should be half the height of the plant. Use hot water and soap to scrub your clay pot when cleaning. IF you have broken pots, then you can use this to cover the drainage hole.

Cacti and succulents grow very slowly. You can have a cactus display like a scene from the desert which you can put near your window where you can enjoy them.

Never water your repotted succulent or cactus right away. The watering should be done after about a week. Just make the soil damp without soaking it.

Watering cacti need restraint. The water content of cacti is almost 95% of the plant. One way of knowing that they need water is by looking closely at the plant. Don’t water your cactus if they are still well filled with water and you see them very plump. Wet your cactus thoroughly if they seem wrinkled and remove standing water without letting them drain through.

If you are interested in having cacti and succulents, you can find many online stores where you can have them delivered to your home. You can buy single plants in pots or many plants in an elaborate arrangement. If you are a collector, then you can add these to your collection. It is great to have cactus plants in your home. Potted cactus plants are also great as giveaways or gifts on someone’s birthday or on any occasion.

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