Cactuses in the Home



One plant that has plenty of aesthetic appeal is the cactus, a member of the succulent family. You will find so many decorating ideas with cactuses on Instagram, Pinterest and there is even a magazine, Cactus Magazine.  (I need to get me one again!)

When NASA needed a cheap and easy way to filter the air on space stations, they chose the most common houseplants at the time to test (snake plant, English ivy, pothos, etc. When they shared their findings, reporters wrote about the study but misinterpreted it as 'these are the only plants that filter the air' instead of 'all plants filter the air, but these are the only plants NASA had the time and budget to test.

 Just by the very nature of being alive, houseplants are going to help filter your air. Now that that's cleared up, let's take a moment to go over how to care for your cactus friends.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CACTUS

Cactuses are super-low-maintenance, and they can thrive just about anywhere. Since they're native to dry, harsh terrain, they don't require a ton of water, and they can make do with many different types of light. But despite their harsh exterior, cactuses still need a little TLC every once in a while.

If you want your cactus to thrive (and maybe even flower, depending on the species), you should do your best to mimic the desert conditions it came from, and the way you care for it should ebb and flow throughout the year. In the colder winter months, place it somewhere dry and on the colder side, and keep watering to a minimum. Then, in the spring and summer months, bring it out of dormancy by giving it more light and watering once a week or so. If you're lucky, your indoor cactus can live up to 10 years! I have seen some live up to 15!!

SO GO GET YOU A CACTUS!! WE NEED OUR AIR FILTERED IN OUR HOMES!

~Tiffany💗


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