Let in the light through the windows to get your rooms lit in green. A hue of green and its natural scent will fill your otherwise mundane lives with effervescence. Therapeutic values of having a pet or growing a plant are quite high; with every inch they grow, an eternal passion for them starts budding within the humans. One such plant that adorns the indoors is the cactus. The image of cactus would be the plant with spines on its surface, having an eerie nature it. From the concept of a desert plant, cactus has grown profusely into the hearts of people without scarring any part it. The plant can indeed develop a sense of tranquility within the humans who occupy the concrete blocks that are stacked one upon the other.
Cactus and succulents
Central and South America, deserts, and rainforests are the regions where you can find cactus thriving in enormous amounts. The cacti that grow within the forests are in an entirely different environment where the cacti and succulents overgrow the forest trees. The quality of such plants that make them unique is the capacity to store water for long periods; this quality makes the deserts habitable for them. Each time the deserts are hit by rains, the plants suck the moisture out of it. In most cases these plants get their necessary moisture and nutrients from the dew and mist.
Succulent plants are those that are similar to cactus in their texture and functions. They have thick leaves and stems with a shiny appearance and juicy interiors, the capacity to store water and nutrients, and a hard surface to keep the moisture tightly locked and avoid excessive evaporation.
Growing cacti and succulents in your home
The eccentrically beautiful flowers of the orchid cactus, magnificent Nopalxochia ackermanii, queer but marvelous sea urchin cactus, and the hairy old man cactus are some of the varieties that will paint the walls of your home with green delight. Cacti that grow within forests produce large flowers, and these would be the ideal ones to be placed in hanging baskets. When planning a group display, desert cacti would serve the purpose in the best form. The ones growing in deserts will have various shapes and textures, which if grouped, will undoubtedly make your house the perfect place to escape into, for the solitude it offers. Other succulents can also be added along with these cacti to accentuate the decorations. Aloes and agaves are rather large, and providing individual pots would be the best way to grow them.
Large pots are recommended for growing cacti and succulents; if they are grouped, the caring and maintenance would require considerable space between the plants. None of the plants should overgrow and hinder the growth of the remaining ones. Grouping and nurturing of plants of similar size is always the best, as the care and nutrient requirements will be the same. Light is the primary source of energy for the cacti and succulents, so make sure to provide spots for the containers where adequate sunlight is available.
Care for the plants
Buying a cactus that is already in flower is the best idea because the growth of such plants is slow. As they consume time for all these processes, taking good care of these succulent plants is highly essential. Avoid excessive exposure of the plant to drafts, remove any rots or weeds, and check for the dry areas of the plant regularly. Well-drained compost is essential for the growth of desert cacti, and lukewarm water must be provided in summer and spring. Tomato fertilizers can be used to feed the cacti during the days of active growth. When the roots of these desert cacti start to clutter the pots, repot it. In the case of forest cacti, only moderate watering is required, and should also be fed with weak fertilizers before they are placed in higher temperature conditions in winter.
Unlike the chandeliers or the false ceilings, the natural adornments of cacti and the succulent plants instil the rooms with an incredible environment that is worth savoring. Planting them in the pots and hanging it will only embellish the walls, not nurture the green beings. Take care of every little plant that you grow in your house and give them all the essential light and water to sprout in the form of a smile on your faces.