Cactus Plant: Bombshell of Positivity| Learn to Grow Them Right
“Never judge a book by its cover”
We all have heard of this phrase and we usually relate it with people. But, the same applies to plants too! Especially to the Cactus Plant! Generally, people don’t prefer them as a houseplant because of its Spiny appearance. But, on the contrary, cactus plants are a bombshell of positivity (even studies support it). So, let us break this age-old myth and learn more about this perfect green corner for your desk.
Complete Profile of Cactus Plant
|Common Name||Cactus, desert cactus, forest cactus|
|Plant Type||Succulents (with some exceptions)|
|Mature Size||Varies depending on variety|
|Sun Exposure||Some direct sun; quantity varies depending on variety|
|Soil Type||Well-draining sandy soil|
|Soil pH||5.5 to 7|
|Hardiness Zones||9 through 11|
|Native Area||Deserts and rainforests around the world|
Fun Fact About Cactus: It is a great plant for beginners as they are easy to take care of. They are low maintenance plants!
Another fun fact is that there are nearly 2000 known species of cactus plants. While some of the smallest ones are only a few centimeters high whereas the tallest ones can reach heights close to 20m (66ft)!
Benefits of Cactus Plants
There are many benefits that the houseplants Cactus has to offer. Some of the key benefits that Cactus plants have to offer are:
1. Brings Strong Positive Energy
Sounds surreal for a houseplant with thorns? But, remember the opening statement of this blog! “Never judge a book by its cover.” Cactuses are great plants with strong protective energy. Just keep it in the right area of your house and see its positive impact on your life.
2. Purifies the Air
Just like any other green plant Cactus too purifies the air around us. But Cactus plants go one step ahead in purifying the air by reducing the excess carbon dioxide in our environment.
3. Increases Our Productivity
The color green in itself calms our mind and makes us feel more relaxed. Cactus plants in particular are found to improve our mood and concentration. This in turn makes us more peaceful and productive. Interestingly, a study has shown that cacti in the office environment can improve productivity by 12%.
4. Heals Us Inside Out
Cactus plants create a calming and relaxing environment around us. This in turn helps in intensive healing. It has got healing properties within it.
Types of Cactus Plants:
There are different types of cactus plants that are available for you to pick as your indoor plant. The most common type of Cactus Plant are:
Opunta albispina cactus or angel wings cactus
Aporocactus flagelliformis or rat tail cactus
Euphorbia trigona or African Milk Tree
Mammillaria hahniana or Old Lady Cactus
Astrophytum ornatum or Bishop’s Cap
Ferocactus genus or Barrel Cactus
How to Take Care of a Cactus Plant?
If you are planning to add a Cactus Plant in your corner then you might want to consider certain important factors that are crucial for proper growth of it. This includes:
Sunlight: The Cacti family likes strong sunlight! Some of them need a bright light environment while others grow great in direct sunlight.
Water: Cactus plants hardly require water as it mainly comes from desert areas. During spring and summer, it is advised that you keep the compost wet. In winter you can cut on the water!
Temperature: A desert cactus plant prefers dry and hot temperatures, ranging from 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit during summers and 55 F during winters. However, in the case of forest cacti temperature ranging from 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit is preferred.
Soil: The fast-draining soil works best for the cactus plants.
Where to Place a Cactus Plant in Home?
The perfect place to keep your lovely and thorny plant is a sunny spot with a good flow of air. Avoid placing it in your bedroom, living area, and entrance area.
Now that you know everything about cactus plants it is time to enjoy its benefits!
Let this small thorny plant protect you from negative energy rays and radiate positivity in your life.
Go Green… Go Positive…
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