All cacti are succulents but the reverse is not true. You can have a succulent which is not a cactus. Succulents have the ability to store. Aloe vera is a popular example of a 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 don’t easily die. They have tough skin that makes most predators and pests do not like them. The leaves, stem, and roots of succulents and cacti has very high water content which makes them survive even when the environment is very dry for a long time. Their thorny spines is their best defense.
It is quite difficult to choose cactus because there are many varieties to choose from.
The biggest and tallest cactus grows as high as fifty feet. Or you can buy a rosette tiny enough to fit in a thimble. The survival or failure of your cactus and succulent is affected by the way they are potted.
A pot made of clay with a hole for drainage is the best pot for a cactus or succulent. Choose a pot with a width that is only half the plant’s height. Scrub your pot with soap and hot water. IF you have broken pots, then you can use this to cover the drainage hole.
You cactus and succulents would grow very slowly. If you want to display your cacti collection the best is to put it near a sunny window and make it like a scene in the desert.
Your newly potted succulent or cactus should not be watered right away. The watering should be done after about a week. Don’t soak the soil but just dampen it.
Watering cacti need restraint. The water content of cacti is almost 95% of the plant. You can tell if they have enough water by looking closely at them. Don’t water your cactus if they are still well filled with water and you see them very plump. Wet your cactus thoroughly if they seem wrinkled and remove standing water without letting them drain through.
If you are interested in having cacti and succulents, you can find many online stores where you can have them delivered to your home. You can buy single plants in pots or many plants in an elaborate arrangement. These are great for your succulent collection. It is great to have cactus plants in your home. You can also give these small cactus pots to a friend’s birthday or any occasions for a present.