Cactus plants are typically associated with desert climates, but both cacti and succulents make excellent landscaping plants nearly anywhere. You can even grow cactus indoors in containers. These plants require little maintenance and are easy to grow. Cactus pests and problems are also minimal but can be dealt with easily with the right cactus plant care. Read on to learn about growing cactus plants.
All succulent plants and cacti have the capability to bloom at some point, but location and conditions have to be just right. Proceed in the right way to get the most beautiful, long-lasting bloom. This article will help with caring for flowers on a succulent plant.
We often purchase succulent plants that are improperly labeled and, sometimes, there is no label at all. One such situation can occur when we buy agave or aloe, which look similar but it is easy to get them confused. Click here to learn more about aloe and agave differences.
One of the great things about growing succulent plants is the lack of pests they attract. While pests are fewer on these plants, they may still sometimes attack. Take a look into cactus and succulent pests and learn how to get rid of them in this article.
With the increasing popularity of succulent plants and cacti, some are wondering about growing cacti from seed. Successful cactus seed germination results in more plants to expand your collection. Learn about cactus seed germination in this article.
It is sometimes difficult to set a definite planting date with the fluctuating weather patterns we’ve experienced in recent years, especially with succulents. But a few guidelines apply and we should use when them when planting a Southwest succulent garden. Lean more here.
While our times of freezing and snow are limited, excessive rainfall and scorching temperatures affect growing succulents in the South. Learn the best way to grow warm climate succulents and when to plant them in the Southeast here.
Succulent plants adorn the landscape in many areas. They grow in warm spots where you’d expect to find them but those of us with cold winters have different issues and decisions to make about which to grow and when to plant in cold climates. Learn more here.
Succulents are growing everywhere, many in containers, but the number of succulent beds in the landscape is growing as well. If you want one in your yard, but think it’s not possible because of where you live, click here for tips on when to plant in northwestern U.S. regions.
Keeping succulents alive through winter is possible, and not complicated once you learn what they need. Overwintering soft succulents indoors is the best way to ensure they live if you?re in an area with cold winters. This article will help get you started.
You may have heard of cresting succulents or even own a succulent plant with a crested succulent mutation. Perhaps, you’re wondering what is a crested succulent? We’ll explain how this mutation happens to a succulent plant in this article.
Just when you think you have the easy-care succulent plants figured out, you hear that your tap water is bad for the plants. Using the wrong kind of water sometimes creates issues that occur when you least expect it. Learn more about what kind of water to use here.
As home gardeners begin growing succulent plants, they’re told to use a fast-draining soil. Succulent potting soil needs adequate drainage to keep water from remaining on the shallow roots of these plants for any length of time. Learn more in this article.
Curious about when is the best succulent planting time? We’ll answer your question of “when do I plant succulents and cacti” and add some tips on keeping your new plantings healthy and happy in this article. Click here for more information.
Planting a succulent bed in your garden is tricky. Careful consideration is necessary about which plants to use, where to locate the garden, and how to protect the plants from the elements. One thing you can do first is prepare the soil. This article will help with that.
More often these days, indoor gardeners are experimenting with growing succulents. They’re realizing there’s quite a bit of difference between growing succulents and the traditional houseplants. One of these differences is feeding succulents and cacti. Learn more here.
Growing succulents as houseplants is becoming more popular with indoor gardeners. Many of these same gardeners are not aware of cold hardy succulents to grow outside. This article provides information on cold hardy succulents for outdoor growing.
There are many reasons for pruning succulent plants. Cactus care and pruning is sometimes similar and usually discussed when advising how to prune a succulent. Click here to learn more about succulent plant pruning and the reasons for doing so.
Watering succulent plants is likely the essential part of growing them, so we want to get it right. Keep in mind that overwatering is the most common cause of succulent death. Learn the correct way to water succulents and when in this article.
In many areas, you?ll want to grow your outdoor succulents in pots. They can be easily moved when necessary, and succulents are well suited to the confines of a potted environment. But caring for these plants properly is crucial. Learn more in this article.
When it comes to drought tolerant plants, most succulents win the prize. That said, mature plants and those in low light result in leggy succulent plants. If you want to know what to do if succulents grow too tall, this article will help with care and prevention.
Keeping cactus is an exercise in patience. Their very presence in the landscape or home make them feel like cornerstone plants in your environment. That?s why it?s so important to recognize the onset of cactus diseases like stem and branch rot. Learn more here.
Even the best gardeners may find a succulent plant just suddenly dies on them. The plant might be monocarpic. What are monocarpic succulents? Click this article for some monocarpic succulent information so you can feel better about the demise of the plant.
Marmorata refers to a distinctive marbling pattern on the stems or leaves of a plant. In the plant trade, marbled patterns are unique and add interest to the plant. Learn how to grow marmorata succulents here and enjoy up close and personal this interesting anomaly.
Because succulents do not like wet environments, a few tips and adjustments to the traditional terrarium are required. Click this article to find out how to make a succulent terrarium that will keep the little plants happy and healthy.
Opuntia are lovely cactus plants that can be planted in an outdoor desert garden or kept as a houseplant. Unfortunately, there are several common diseases that can attack these beautiful plants. One of the most serious diseases is cactus sunscald. Learn more here.
Succulents, like all plants, are susceptible to pest infestations. Sometimes, the pests are readily visible and at other times difficult to see, but their damage is obvious. An example of this is succulent mite damage. Learn more succulent mites in this article.
You can go to almost any store and purchase a mix of live cacti and succulents. By the time you purchase them, they could have been severely neglected, watered improperly and sitting on death's doorstep because of Dreschlera fungus. Learn more here.
Cacti are susceptible to a number of rot diseases, just like any other plant. While oftentimes cactus rot diseases are caused by too much water and humidity, this article will specifically discuss Erwinia soft rot in cactus plants.
Fusarium oxyporum is the name of a fungus that can affect a wide range of plants. It?s common in vegetables, but it?s also a real problem with cacti. Click here to learn more about signs of fusarium wilt in cactus plants and methods for treating fusarium on cactus.
Longhorn beetles on cactus won't eat the plant, but their young can cause some damage. Cactus longhorn beetles live in the southwestern United States, especially in the Sonoran Desert. Learn more about these insects and their possible control in this article.
Cacti ought to be some of the easiest plants to grow. Unfortunately, it?s hard to accept just how little maintenance they really need, and plenty of cactus owners accidentally kill them with kindness by watering them too much. Learn more in this article.
Fungal lesions on cactus may be caused by any number of fungal types, but the important things to note are what causes them to colonize and how to prevent their damage. Use the information from this article to help minimize or alleviate this damage.
If you have prickly pear or cholla cacti in your landscape, you?ve probably been confronted with a cottony white mass on the surface of the plants. This may be a tell-tale sign of the presence of cochineal scale bugs. Learn more in this article.
Gardeners must be ever vigilant when it comes to diseases on their plants. Often, a speedy diagnosis can help prevent more damage. This is the case with scab of cactus. What is cactus scab? Learn more in the article that follows.
Even in summer toasty regions of Arizona, temperatures can dip down to below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 C.) in winter. This can result in freeze damage to cactus. Can a frozen cactus be saved? Learn what to do for a cactus damaged by cold in this article.
A fairly common problem occurs when a cactus becomes yellow on the most sun exposed side of the plant. Can a cactus plant get sunburned? If so, is there a cactus sunburn treatment? Click this article to learn more about caring for a sunburned cactus.
Cacti seem to be hardy and fairly resistant to problems, but fungal diseases in cactus can be a major issue. An example of this is anthracnose fungus in cactus. Is there any effective cactus anthracnose control? Find out about treating anthracnose in cactus here.
Occasionally, mature cactus plants have to be moved. Moving cacti in the landscape, especially large specimens, can be a challenge. This following article contains tips on how to transplant a cactus without harm to you or the plant.
For some gardeners, rodents feeding on cactus can become a serious problem. Poison is one option, but you take the risk of harming birds and wildlife. If you?re wondering how to keep rodents away from cactus, click this article for a few suggestions.
How often do you need to water a cactus plant? There is more to how to water a cactus than the timing. You also need the correct soil porosity, container drainage, site conditions and time of year. This article provides more information on watering cactus plants.
As long as an object can hold the soil, drain well and evaporate excess water, it can probably hold a succulent. Let's investigate some unusual containers for succulents and see what kind of creative setting you can find for your plants. Learn more here.
Wondering how to fertilize a cactus plant can present a bit of a dilemma, because the first question that comes to mind is ?Does a cactus need fertilizer, really?? Find out and learn more about fertilizing cactus plants.
Succulents are a group of plants with one of the most diverse forms, colors and blooms. Click this article for some fun succulent plant info so you can get started collecting the myriad of varieties available in this special class of plant.
Cacti are amazing plants with unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in inhospitable terrain. One of these adaptations is spines such as glochids. Learn more about plants with glochids in this article and how to get rid of them.
It might surprise you to find that cacti can and do need to be pruned now and then. Cactus pruning is not always necessary and when to prune a cactus plant will depend upon why you are trimming it. Learn more in this article.
Cacti are low maintenance plants for the home with a ton of character and a vast array of form. Many gardeners ask ?should I repot my cactus?? Read here for tips on how to repot a cactus and do it without spending the rest of the day picking spines out of your hands.
The three common holiday cacti, named for time of year the blooms appear, include Thanksgiving cactus, Christmas cactus and Easter cactus. All three are easy to grow and have similar growth habits and care requirements. Learn more here.
Grafting cactus plants is a straightforward method of propagation which even a novice gardener can try. Different species work better with different methods but a brief cactus grafting guide follows with basic instructions on how to graft a cactus in this article.
One of the easiest methods of plant propagation is by removing cactus pups. Many species of cactus are known for growing cactus pups, which carry the identical characteristics of the parent. Learn how to remove cactus pups on plants in this article.
It can be frustrating to find one of your prized cactus plants leaking sap. Do not let this put you off, however. Take a look at reasons for sap leaking from a cactus plant in this article and how to fix the issue.
Cacti and succulents make outstanding landscaping plants. They require little maintenance, grow in a variety of climates, and are easy to care for and grow. Get tips on growing cacti outdoors in this article.