Cacti and Succulents for Interiors!

Cacti and Succulents for Interiors!

Laure Joliet
Jul 21, 2008

Adrienne shares our love for succulents and has some great tips and sources!

Suited for both modern and traditional decors, cacti and succulents are a great choice for Austin homeowners because they are already naturally occurring ingredients to the Texas countryside. Including them in your home will give your spaces a great local and regional boost. (But you don't have to live in an arid region to enjoy the look of cacti!)

Beyond just aesthetics, cacti (as well as other houseplants) can help absorb the interior toxins released by the off-gassing from common household building materials in your home, such as formaldehyde and benzene, making cacti an easy way to get your home "green" (pun intended).

Cacti and succulents are notoriously easy to take care of, if you keep a few tips in mind:

- The number one reason your cactus will fail to grow (or die) is incorrect watering. Add water to a cactus only until there is half an inch of dry soil on the surface and don't water again until the soil is completely dry. Over watering can cause root and stem rot, which once started, cannot be remedied.
- Cacti go through an active season (spring and summer) and a dormant season (winter and fall). They tend to grow more during the active season and will need more water than during the dormant season.

- Cacti and succulents need bright, direct light and placing them near southern facing windows is the best choice.

-The best kind of soil is cactus soil, made specifically for cacti, which you can find at home improvement centers or nurseries. If you'd rather not go the soil route, I've seen lovely arrangements where the cactus was set in pebbles and rocks, rather than in soil.

Popular choices for indoor cactus and succulent plants (my favorites) are:
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Prickly Pear
Haworthia
Gasteria
Barrel Cactus
Jade Plant
Echeveria
House Leeks

Here is a quick list (only a few!) of some great local Austin nurseries:
Big Red Sun
The Great Outdoors
Barton Springs Nursery
Shoal Creek Nursery
Sledd Nursery
The Natural Gardener

-Adrienne

Related Reads:
10 Best Succulents
4 Tips for Growing Great Succulents and Cacti
Look! Really Small Succulent Garden
Add a Plant to your Desk, Feel Better
Good Online Sources for Succulents

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