They are the animated and quirky looking plants that have become a popular household decorative item over the last few years. We are talking about cacti and this is why we love them so much. With about 2000 species of cacti out there, you can choose the perfect one to go with your décor. They can add a unique touch to your living space.
The warmer weather is definitely on its way and, unfortunately, along with the warmth, there is said to be an absence of rainfall for the next couple of months. The drought doesn’t bring good news for plant lovers, as watering your garden every evening has become a thing of the past. Fortunately, cacti require minimal water. In fact, watering them just once or twice a month is usually sufficient.
While the average person won’t be growing cacti in their garden for medicinal purposes, one cannot ignore the fact that some species are known to have healing properties used to cure or help a variety of ailments including inflammation, burns and even the suppression of appetite.
They are versatile. You can place 3 of the same species next to each other for a simple look or, you can lump a group of different looking cacti together inside different pots for visual excitement. Due to the large variety of shapes and colours available, you will always manage to find one to suit your space.
You aren’t going to kill these guys in a hurry. They are known to be hardy plants that can withstand drought, extreme heat, and burning sunlight. They are also known for their long lifespan ranging anywhere from fifteen to three hundred years!
Many cacti species are very easy to propagate. You can grow new plants from just one leaf of some species. So, if you’re looking to create your own succulent garden then you can purchase a few different species from which you can grow new plants.
The Saguaro Cactus- native to southern Arizona, is the tallest known cacti species. The largest one ever measured was about 24 metres tall! Most common household species won’t grow nearly as tall, though.
If you’re still not sold on the idea of a garden full of prickly friends, perhaps these visuals will inspire you.