Cacti and succulents are plants which have
the natural ability to store water in their
bodies and roots. Long associated with dessert
climates, they are characterized by their
lack of leaves. They are a perfect choice
for houseplants, as they can often survive
for weeks with no watering and don't mind
the lack of humidity usually found indoors.
Cacti and succulents come in a wide variety
of sizes and intriguing shapes. They have
very few problems with pests and diseases.
The following should be considered
cacti and succulents:
- Make sure the base of the plant at the soil
line is not soft or discolored.
- Avoid plants with new growth that is thin
and pale in color.
- The plant should have healthy, vigorous roots.
- Make sure you know what the plant's growing
conditions are. Although most
dry conditions, there are some
that are native
to moist tropical areas.
- Make sure the variety can survive the winters
where you live if you intend
to grow it outside.
Houseplant cacti and succulents
can be placed
outside in the summer but will
they receive too much rainfall.
Grow cacti and succulents in a sunny, south
facing window indoors and a sunny, dry location
outdoors. These are very slow growing plants.