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 one popular succulent.
The areoles which are structures that look like cushions where branches, leaves, spines, hair, and flowers emanate from distinguishes cacti from succulents. Even if a plant looks so much like a cactus but does not have these circular areoles, then it does not belong to the cactus family.
Most succulents can thrive anywhere, but cacti can only thrive in a few places. These plants are survivors. The tough skin of succulents make them unpalatable to most predators and pests. The reason for their survival in a very dry environment is due to their high water content in their leaves, stem, and roots. Their thorny spines is their best defense.
Because of the different varieties of cactus, it is very difficult to choose which is the best.
The biggest and tallest cactus grows as high as fifty 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.
A pot made of clay with a hole for drainage is the best pot for a cactus or succulent. A pot with a width half the plant’s height is the ideal pot size for your cactus and succulent. 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.
It takes a slow process for your cactus and succulents to grow. If you truly want to enjoy the different cacti variety, then you can get a bigger planter where you can put several varieties of cacti to make it look like something from the desert and put it near your window with the sun falling on them.
If you have newly potted succulent or cactus, don’t water them quickly. You can water it after a week. Just put enough water to make the soil damp but do not soak it.
Restraint is important when watering cacti. Cacti is mostly made of water. You can tell if they have enough water by looking closely at them. If they are plump and well filled with water then they don’t need watering. 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. 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.