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Posted by In Bloom Florist on June 22, 2021 | Last Updated: June 25, 2021 Plants

July Plant: Cactus

Our July Plant Of The Month:

Cactus
Cactaceae

The July plant of the month comes in all shapes and sizes, some have beautiful blooms and some may prick you. Cacti are very self-sufficient, they can withstand full sun and little to no water for long periods of time. Find out more about these resilient, yet ruthless plants below!


Origin & Fun Facts
(so you can be the expert)

 

Native To: North and South America

In The Wild: Mexico has the greatest number and variety of species of cacti but you can also find them in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Texas. They can be found in a variety of habitats, especially in the desert and hotter parts of the world.

Species: There are around 1,400 species of cacti, some species can live well over 100 years.

Fun Fact: The cactus is classified as a succulent plant because of its ability to store large amounts of water. The spines, or cactus needles, protect the plant from animals and also provide shade so that their water source does not evaporate. They come in a large variety of shapes, sizes, colors and some even bloom flowers.


Caring is Preparing
(for the elements)

Sunlight:

Cacti are one of few plants that can handle direct sunlight. They can also be on display indoors in a bright window or room.

Indoors:

Place them near bright sunlight.

Outdoors:

They can be placed in a bright area outdoors or even in direct sunlight if watered accordingly.

Watering:

Always allow your cactus to have drainage. Let the soil dry completely between waterings and only water frequently when it is during the Summer months. Once the temperature drops, they can go without water for long periods of time.

Signs of too much water:

Root rot and overly saturated soil.

Signs of too little water:

Soil that is completely dried out or signs of burning.


Styling Your Cactus
(in the perfect location)

Indoors:

Cactus can bring in a southwestern decor element to any space. They can be placed indoors or outside, in bright sunlight. They can be placed in pots by themselves, with other cactus or even succulents!

Outside:

Cacti can be grown in the ground or placed on a patio. Wherever you put them, they will survive! The resilience of their exterior makes them a great outdoor plant in Florida or any other warm climate.

Toxicity:

These plants are mildly toxic to pets and humans but their spines are incredibly ruthless and can prick anyone who touches them! We recommend keeping them out of reach if they are going to be in a home.

 


Shop cactus & succulent designs here or pick out your own in-store at either of our shops!

 

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