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Cactus the brilliant dessert plant

Cactus a modern plant arrangement for all plant lovers without a green thumb. So what is so particular about these cacti the brilliant desert plant?

Some customers who can’t keep a modern plant arrangement alive no matter how hard they try. The best recommendation for those without a green thumb is succulents, particularly cactus plants.

Cactus and succulent plants are modern and contemporary arrangements. Display these plants in a modern artistic container with a few selections of cacti and succulent plants, and your plant arrangement is sure to please.

Origin

Cactus modern plant arrangement (official name: Cactaceae) is native to a vast territory in North and South America. Western Canada, in the north with an intense concentration in Mexico, also grows in Africa and Sri Lanka. Cacti are plants that grow in the hot desert-like condition.

The name cactus is derived from the Greek word ‘Kaktus’, which means ‘spiky plant.’ Every Cactus is a succulent plant, but not all succulents are cacti. Like many other succulents, cacti have fleshy properties – the ability to store moisture in their thick fat trunk and stems. These reservoirs are essential to bridge periods of drought.

The stems feature areolae, the place where the leaves should be. On the Cactus, these had developed into thorns, spikes, glochids (barbed bristles), and bundles of long hairs. The cactus’ outer skin has a layer of wax to minimize evaporation.

There are many different varieties of cacti modern plant arrangements. 

  • Disc cactus: produces edible fruit, watch out for the hairs (Opuntia)
  • Dillar Cactus: upright shapes that start small and develop a real pillar shape later (Pachycereus)
  • Rock cactus: rock-like shape (Cereus)
  • Creeping Cactus: little horizontal stem (Selenicereus)
  • Globe cactus: attractive globe shape (Echinocactus, Mammillaria)
  • Hanging Cactus (Aporocactus)
  • Epiphyllum group: epiphytic Cactus (Epiphyllum)
  • Grafted Cactus: Two species grafted onto one another (Gymnocalicium)

Pest

  • Check that the cacti are free of mealy bugs on both the plant itself (the body) and the root system. With its woolly white wax coating containing oval insects, it is one of the most common pests in cactuses, and challenging to get rid of both at the point of sale and by the consumer.
  • Red spider mite (eight-legged insects that weave a delicate and dense web over the plant), aphids, scale insects and thrips can also occur.

Tips for Purchasing Cacti

Visit your local florist or garden center to buy these unique and exciting plants.

  • The Cactus purchase is determined firstly by the species and the pot size the plant is used for display.
  • Age can also determine the price. It is also essential to think about the transportability, particularly with large sizes, because of safety.
  • Also, check for damage and that the root system is intact. If the plants have been kept too wet for a long time, they may have rotted ‘from the pot.’ Fungi and bacteria can cause the plant to rot. The green part – the actual stem – can then feel soft.

Plant care

It’s easy to look after cacti. It’s best to give more water in the summer and less in winter to get the plant to flower every year. Care for these modern plant arrangement are as follows.

  • Too much water is never good. It’s better to allow the soil to dry out a bit before watering the plant again.
  • Water the plant once per month in the winter and the summer once per week. If the plant is in direct sun water the plant one per every three days or as required
  • A cactus can tolerate a warm and sunny spot in the summer. In winter, you need to place cacti plants in an area with lots of suns such as by a window. This hibernation period in the winter helps the Cactus to flower in the spring.
  • When repotting the plant, use a reasonably nutrient-poor soil. Particular cactus soil is available for this.
  • Place the plants in a safe place if there are children or pets around.

Fertilize the plants every

  • Fertilize the plants every six months.