A great many people who have houseplants started their collection with cacti.
Cactus is easy to grow. Give it plenty of bright sunshine, that’s way better than artificial light, and just small amounts of water. Water them amply but let get dry before watering again. Cacti are easy, easy, easy to grow.
Now under the category of plants that defend themselves, cactus leaps quickly to mind. In fact, almost every time I see a cactus I think of when I was in the army. I was stationed at Fort Carson; Colorado and I ran over a Cholla cactus at night. The next morning I spent four hours changing the dual wheels on the back of that big truck. I didn’t like it.
And frankly, I didn’t think Cholla would grow in the Midwest. But it does, and you ought to see it bloom. Beautiful in bloom, this is my Cholla cactus. The same kind I ran over over twenty years ago.
We get over forty-four inches of rain here and ninety-five percent relative humidity is not uncommon. And yet this plant thrives on this little mound that I built for it to enhance drainage. I’ve also put it way in the back corner of the yard. Frankly that’s for my protection and safety.
This is a dangerous plant. Keep your kids away from it. It truly defends itself.
- Are easy to grow
- Need plenty of sunshine and little water
- Is a plant that defends itself
- Has a type named Cholla that will grow in the Midwest