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Understanding Cacti and Succulents

If you have a cactus, you have a succulent but succulents are not necessarily cacti. 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.

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

You can find succulents in a lot of places in the world but cacti are only found in certain places. These plants are survivors. They have tough skin that makes most predators and pests do not like them. The leaves, stem, and roots of succulents and cacti has very high water content which makes them survive even when the environment is very dry for a long time. Their best defense is their thorny spines.

Choosing the best cactus variety is very difficult because of the many kinds to choose from.

You can find giant spined cactus which can grow as high as 50 feet. The tiniest one is a rosette which can be contained in a thimble. 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. A pot with a width half the plant’s height is the ideal pot size for your cactus and succulent. Scrub your pot with soap and hot water. IF you have broken pots, then you can use this to cover the drainage hole.

It takes a slow process for your cactus and succulents to grow. If you want to display your cacti collection the best is to put it near a sunny window and make it like a scene in the desert.

If you have newly potted succulent or cactus, don’t water them quickly. Give it a week. Just put enough water to make the soil damp but do not soak it.

You need to exercise restraint when watering cacti. The water content of cacti is almost 95% of the plant. You can tell if they have enough water by looking closely at them. Don’t water your cactus if they are still well filled with water and you see them very plump. It is only when they looked wrinkled that you have to wet them thoroughly without letting water drain through.

If you are interested in buying cacti and succulents, you can find many nursery fresh ones that can be delivered to your door in online stores. If you want a single potted plant or one with elaborate arrangements, then you can find these in stores too. If you are a collector, then you can add these to your collection. If you don’t have these plants at home, then you should try having them. You can also give these small cactus pots to a friend’s birthday or any occasions for a present.

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