Succulents and cacti are not all the same but all cacti are succulents. You can have a succulent which is not a cactus. Characteristic of succulents is its ability to store moisture. Aloe vera is one popular succulent.
What makes the difference between a cactus and a succulent are the areoles which are structures that look like cushions where branches, leaves, spines, hair, and flowers emanate from . Any succulent that has no circular areole does not belong to the cactus family.
You can find succulents in a lot of places in the world but cacti are only found in certain places. These plants are survivors. They have tough skin that makes most predators and pests do not like them. 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.
It is quite difficult to choose cactus because there are many varieties to choose from.
There is a cactus variety that can grow up to 50 feet and it is a giant spined one. 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.
Choose a clay pot with a large hole for drainage for your cactus or succulent. The width of the pot should be half the height of the plant. Clean your clay pot well. It is important to cover the hole for drainage and the best way to cover it is by putting broken pieces of pottery.
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.
Your newly potted succulent or cactus should not be watered right away. You can water it after a week. Just put enough water to make the soil damp but do not soak it.
You need to exercise restraint when watering cacti. Cacti is mostly made of water. One way of knowing that they need water is by looking closely at the plant. Don’t water your cactus if they are still well filled with water and you see them very plump. It is only when they looked wrinkled that you have to wet them thoroughly without letting water drain through.
You can buy potted cacti and succulents online which can be delivered to your door. You can buy single plants in pots or many plants in an elaborate arrangement. You can add these succulents and cacti if you already have an existing collection. If you don’t have these plants at home, then you should try having them. Potted cactus plants are also great as giveaways or gifts on someone’s birthday or on any occasion.