Types of cacti

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Cacti are desert plants native to the Americas. This article is mainly about their maintenance, details, propagation and common cacti varieties. So, lets proceed with the article.

Care

If you are able to deal with a few things, it isn’t hard to care for the cacti.

Sun

Seedlings and very young plants should be kept in partial shade.

Water

Since they are a desert plant, the watering should be very infrequent. Cacti planted in lawns/gardens can be watered more often than those in containers.

Fungus

Excessive watering can cause fungi on your cacti. Water them sparingly in winters especially. If your cactus has fungus on it, you should remove the infected part to control the spread.

Propagation

Propagation is a process to start new plants from the present ones. Cacti can be propagated by way of stem cutting, seed germination and division. Bear in mind all varieties can’t be propagated by division or cutting.

Common Varieties

Following are some of the common varieties of these plants.

Hedgehog Cactus

Barrel Cactus

Saguaro Cactus

Prickly Pear

Organ Pipe Cactus

Horse Crippler

Pincushion Cacti

Thanksgiving Cactus

Easter Cactus

Christmas Cactus

Fascinating Facts about Cacti

Saguaro cactus is the tallest cactus plant that can grow up to 20 m high.

All cacti are succulents. They store water to use it later.

Native Americans used the barrel cactus as a pot.

There are over 2000 species of cactus.

Some cactus spines can be about 15 cm long.

Gila woodpeckers nest inside the stem of the saguaro cactus.

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