Cacti and succulents have become increasingly popular in recent years. From specialty growers and collectors to stores, websites and collectibles, it is no wonder they have become such a trendy houseplant. This popularity is no doubt due to the fact that all these plants are inherently easier to take care of compared to most other houseplants simply because they do not need much water or attention to survive.
There are vast numbers of different cactus and succulents that thrive in south Florida, as they are both grown around the world with relative ease. In fact, the word succulent is a general term to describe a plant with fleshy leaves. Since the term is so general, there are thousands of different kinds, from a wide variety of different plant families, that are considered succulents. In fact, a cactus is just a succulent with thorns! With such a vast assortment of different types from all over the world, it is no wonder these plants come in a variety of sizes, colors and growth habits. From ground-covers to trees, these plants have a plethora of different uses as both houseplants and landscape specimens.
Many may not think of south Florida as an ideal location to grow or purchase cacti and succulents due to our heavy summer rains. Although they are known for living on the dry side, many can be kept happy as a houseplant or out in the landscape as long as they are planted in well-draining soil. For this reason, we at Driftwood keep our succulent selections inside our covered shade-house in order to have full control over the watering. If kept as a houseplant, these plants need as much bright light as possible, so by a sunny window is best. However, most varieties can be transitioned to take full sun if acclimated slowly.
The key to watering these plants is to give them a deep, thorough watering and then letting them dry out completely before watering again. Depending on conditions, this could mean watering them once a week to only once a month. For this reason, it is best to use well-draining soil and plant them in pots that have drainage holes so that the water can run right through. Regular fertilization with an organic or granular slow-release fertilizer is recommended to maintain overall health.
Below is a short list of popular plants in this field:
*Selection may vary by location / time of year – list does not directly reflect current inventory*
- Mammillaria, Euphorbia, Parodia, Opuntia, Cereus, Espostoa, Notocactus.
- Echeveria, Aloe, Kalanchoe, Sempervivum, Sedums.
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