Decorating with cactus

Forget about your vision of growing cactus that involve a dry desert look.

Truth is, cactus are amazing and not difficult to take care of. And they truly are versatile. They can be used as a simple ornament at home, in a clay pot or a vintage tin to beautify a special corner or shelf, but they can also be used as a modern design element to update any garden or landscape.

Here’s how to grow cactus and their basic needs:

  • First of all, when most of us think of cactus, we think of the varieties meant for desert environments. While there are many beautiful ones that grow down south, most people don’t know that there are several hardy varieties as well. Check with your local nursery, then check out our guidelines for growing in northern gardens. So number one is that they need to be well matched with their planting zone.
  • Second, all cacti need well drained soil. Grow them in a mix of 50 percent soil to 50 percent coarse sand. If growing in containers, use a commercially available cacti mix.
  • They need very little water. If you live in an area that gets rain in the summer, than that is probably all they need. If they grow in containers, let them dry out completely before watering.
  • They need little fertilizer. For blooming varieties, you may wish to give them a diluted drink of liquid fertilizer just as they start setting buds.
  • They need full sun. Duh.

Easy. So easy!

Just be careful not to hurt yourself and you see you’ll fall in love with this amazing plant.

Cactus in pots
Cactus in pots
Cactus flower
Cactus flower
Cactus modern garden idea
Cactus modern garden idea

Fewer plants on this earth have such amazing adaptive qualities. Cactus are a lesson in form and function, in the beauty of Mother Nature and a lesson in her harshness as well. Used in a repeat pattern they are an exceptional design element. Nothing adds more texture and interest to a garden.

Just love it!

*text inspired by The Garden Glove

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