Caring for Cactus and Succulents
for healthy growth are easy to satisfy
After you have selected your plants and noted
a few basic cultural steps, growing succulents
and cactus is less work and more pleasure than
is gardening with most other house plants. Their
fleshy leaves are able to store great quantities
of water if you forget to tend them. The leathery
foliage is rarely attacked by insects it is just
too tough. Furthermore, if you do mistreat a plant,
you will find it has tremendous recuperative powers.
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Good light
is essential for the best growth of succulents
and cactus; therefore it is wise to select plants
according to your window space and available natural
light. Choose only those kinds that can be expected
to succeed in the environments you can provide.
Although optimum conditions are always desirable,
some plants will if they must adjust to less-than-favorable
environments. In such situations your plants will
not grow as well or bloom as profusely as you might
like, but they will survive. Light affects the
color of foliage and the formation of flower buds.
In sun, leaves have strong color and there is abundant
bloom; in di light, plants are somewhat less colorful
and flowering may be sparse, if at all. Turn potted
plants occasionally so that light reaches all parts
of the foliage evenly. The exception to this is
plants that are ready to bloom: Do not move them,
as the change in light can cause buds to drop.
For decoration, add garden gnomes to the garden.
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