Fantastic facts about Cacti.

Fantastic facts about Cacti.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Cactus Houseplants. I mean – the shop is called Pretty Cactus Plants!

Cacti plants are varied and tend to come from the Americas, but they can be found growing wide in other continents too. Cacti make great houseplants are they are very adaptable. Many have evolved over the years to be able to cope with dry and harsh climates. Which means they can cope well with warm and dry conditions of a centrally heated home.


Here  are some fantastic facts about cacti that you may not have known.


1 – The name cactus comes from the Greek word 'kaktos'. Literally translates to mean 'spiky plant'.


2 – not all cacti are prickly!

No. The prickly varieties that immediately spring to mind when you think of a cactus tends to be the desert cacti. But there are also forest cacti too. These tend to be Rhipsalis and Epiphyllum. They are a form of spineless cacti.


3 – All cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti.

Succulent is a term used for a wide-ranging group of houseplants which store water in the their leaves. All cacti are succulents. But the term’ succulent’ covers much more than just cactus plants.

A cactus can be defined by the presence of areoles (specialised sites where spines form) whereas succulents have none.


4 – The oldest actus in the world was over 300 years old!

Known as Old Granddaddy, the saguaro cactus was thought to be the oldest in the world at over 300 years old. It was also over 40 feet tall and had 52 arms.

 How old is this cactus at time of photo? : r/whatsthisplant


5  - Cacti houseplant are NOT indestructible

The most common killer of cacti houseplants is overwatering. Cacti are mostly drought tolerant which means they can go for long periods of time without water. Too much water will cause them to rot, starting as a root level. Before you know it, your cactus plant will have turned to a mush. It is always best to underwater rather than overwater.

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