Although it has a prickly and robust structure, a cactus plant can look harsh and intimidating. But if you take a closer look, its rigidness is only a defence mechanism, and most cacti have a soft and fragile body. Due to a misconception, it has made others conclude that maintaining a cactus garden is difficult, but contrary to popular belief, starting a cactus landscape garden has never been this easy. You’ll only need to plant them according to their specific environment, water it a few times to let it settle in its new environment, and then you are good to go!
According to researchers, it was hard to determine when and how exactly the fad of cacti gardening and collection started. Humans have been using cactus for consumption purposes as early as 15,000 years ago. Today, succulents have a wider variety with purposes that range from alcohol manufacturing, pharmaceutical concocting, to ornamental gardening.
In the 21st century, the number of cactus garden in homes has blossomed, literally and figuratively speaking. This type of gardening is considered as the most maintenance-free of all other types of plants. So, are you excited to start your cacti and succulent garden?
Below is a list of guidelines to help get you started:
Indoor and Outdoor Cactus Garden:
- The importance of soil – although cactus are often found in desert lands, cactus used for landscaping partly relies on gardening soil. To obtain soil that has excellent humidity but also have good water drainage, a mixture of gardening soil and sand or pebbles as a soil bed is suitable. The soft soil helps the roots for anchorage while the gap or air vents in the ground that the sand or pebbles produce, serve as a water drainage system.
- Water supply and location of the garden – as common knowledge, cacti have a capacity of storing water in its body and could outstand weeks without water supply. The area of the cactus garden can also determine the longevity of garden life. Always remember that cacti could die due to drowning, or too much water exposure. Be sure your garden is located far from direct water contact.
- Arrangement of the garden according to class – for a more organised landscape garden design, arrange succulents according to its category, aside from the fact that it will look presentable, it can also help you to collectively provide the proper care according to the specification of plants.
Due to the fast-paced manner of living, millennials often opt to choose the type of plants that are low maintenance. Cacti and succulents plants, with the proper caring method, can have a longer lifespan that could reach from 25 to 300 years old. Having a cactus garden can also be beneficial because aside from the latter reason, it can indeed add beauty to your lawn, or entryway and gardening are proven to relieve stress.
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