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Cacti (Orchid Cactus, Easter Cactus, Christmas Cactus)
Soil: there are specialized soils for cactus. For my orchid cactus, I used Gubler Orchid Grow Mix.
Some time ago, I purchased several orchid cactus online. Each came as only a single leaf, with no roots. I wasnĄ¯t sure what to do with them. Since they are called orchid cactus, I planted them in some orchid mix. They thrived and soon enough, new leaves emerged. They have grown substantially since. The flowers of the orchid cactus are large and can be various colors.
As the name implies, the night blooming orchid cactus blooms only for a few hours, at night. The flowers are white with delicate layers of soft petals. The contrast between the soft, white petals and the dark of night gives delicate layered flowers a haunting beauty. It is no wonder that throughout history, many beautiful poems have been written of it.
I also have two Spring Cactus, one purple and one red. When it blooms, its tips are covered with star shape flowers.
I also have two nice planters with cactus in different shapes and sizes. They all have sharp thorns and spiny hairs. In order to protect my toddler, I put them very high above everything else. Luckily, they require very little watering, so it all worked out great. At least I donĄ¯t have to climb up all the time to water them.
Since they require very little care and very little water, in comparison to other plans, it is a wonderful plant. They can tolerate the occasional forgetfulness of their caregivers better than most plants.
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