Cacti and other succulents can be a fun hobby! Cacti can be collected and are great for sunny windowsills, just like their succulent counterparts. Continue reading to learn how to grow succulents indoors. Cacti and Succulent Info Cacti can be associated with deserts. Many thrive in Central and South America. However, other cacti can be found as far north as Canada and some are native to the rainforests. Many cacti, like bromeliads are epiphytes. The forest-dwelling cacti grow over trees, while the epiphytes are a majority of cacti. Cacti that live in deserts can survive for very long periods without rain. They store moisture and nutrients in their tissues and get moisture from mist or dew. Succulent is a Latin word that means “juicy”. The stems and leaves of suculent plants are full of juices, which are the nutrients and water that allows them to grow. These leaves enable the plant to survive in harsh environments around the globe.
These leaves are usually glossy or leathery in appearance and help protect the plant from moisture loss. Cacti are succulents because they can store moisture in this way. Cactus are distinguished by their ability to grow growths (called areoles). These are cactus growths that are technically compressed branches but are actually cushioned. The areoles can be used to grow offsets, spines, and “wool” flower. Many succulents look very similar to cacti, except that they don’t have spines. This is what makes succulents a succulent, and not a Cactus. The plants in all but one genus, the Pereskia cactus, do not have any leaves. Cacti’s bodies are typically globular or cylindrical. Opuntias are known for their round, segmented stems. The stems of epiphyllums look more like leaf straps than they are. Many cacti have prominent spines or barbs. Some have woolly hair. Even though their spines may seem small, they are essential for all cacti.
Cacti can flower frequently if well cared for. 16.2M2.3K Information on Caring for Pothos Plants and Succulents at Home. There are many succulent plants that you can grow in your home. Some of them are the easiest to care for. These plants are great for beginners. However, it is important to be knowledgeable about how to care for them. Cacti and succulents can make an impressive display. There are many options, including the Nopalxochia Ackermanii (orchid-cactus), the Epiphyllums (orchid-cactus), and the bizarre Astrophytum asterias (“sea urchin” cactus) and the hairy Cephalocereus (old man’s cactus). These plants should be cultivated more often. They are easy to care for and can withstand any kind of abuse, except overindulgence. Overindulgence refers to those who are left all dusty on windowsills, or those that have become mushy from excessive watering. They require bright light and fresh air. They also need to be kept dry and comfortable in winter. Forest cacti are a trailing species with large flowers. These flowers are perfect for hanging in individual baskets.
These desert varieties have unique shapes and textures that can be highlighted in a group display. It is very efficient to plant a grouping of succulents or other cacti into a larger container. Larger plants, such as aloes or agaves, look better in their own pot. A large, shallow pot can be used to grow succulents or cacti. Plants should be of the same size and have similar care requirements. These plants require lots of light so ensure that the container you choose is close to a window. The compost can be covered with fine grit to create a beautiful, but dry, surface for the cacti. To increase the desert effect, you can add pebbles to the soil between the plants. Cacti can look great in small pots. Because they have different heads, the mutant Gymnocalycium mihanovichii cultivars are very attractive. Care of succulents and Cacti Plants.
Cacti and succulents require lots of light. These plants can be grown in the hottest spots of your home. You can provide them with the things they need by placing shelves in a sunny window. To ensure that all sides get the same sun exposure, you need to rotate the plants frequently. There are many succulents and cacti that you can buy at your local garden center. Some cacti such as the Schlumbergerax buckleyi (Christmas Cactus) which grows in forests, are available in department stores as gift plants or seasonal plants. Cacti should be purchased in their natural state, as it can take years for them to bloom. They should be checked over to ensure they are in good condition. They should be the right size for their container. You should also ensure that they aren’t exposed to drafts once you bring them home. You should plant desert cacti in well-drained soil if you buy them. In spring and summer, they should be kept hydrated with only tepid water.
The compost should be allowed dry to the maximum extent possible in winter, particularly if it is in cold conditions. This will allow the cacti go dormant. Cacti should be fed approximately once every three weeks during periods of active growth. This can be done with a well-diluted tomato fertilizer. Desert cacti also like temperatures between 50 and 55 F (10-13 C.). Winter. Only repot desert plants when their roots fill the pot. Forest cacti can be very different. The tips of the segmented stems produce beautiful hanging flowers. These stems look similar to chains of fleshy leaves. Because they have been trained to grow above trees, they grow in this manner. Although they are comfortable in the shade, they need bright light. They require lime-free, well-drained compost and should be misted with warm, soft water. They can be left to rest at temperatures between 50 and 55 F (10-13 C).
They can be watered moderately, fed once a week with a weak fertilizer and placed in a room that has higher temperatures. There are at least 50 families of succulent plants. In the summer, they should be watered freely but only when the compost is dry. They can tolerate temperatures of 50 F (10 C) in winter. They prefer to be nourished with a well-diluted fertilizer once a week in the summer. You can grow succulents, forest cacti and desert cacti together. These plants make beautiful displays for your houseplant collection. Although they don’t require a lot of attention, you should still know what they need.