Pictures of Flowers in Containers: Aloe = A, Barrel Cactus = B, Devil’s Tongue Cactus = C
by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)
Pictures of flowers: Aloe = A, Barrel Cactus = B, Devil’s Tongue Cactus = C
Container Gardening Flowers: Aloe = A, Barrel Cactus = B, Devil’s Tongue Cactus = C
A grouping of three contemporary-looking concrete planters among river rock showcases three types of cacti.
Cacti are easy to grow.
All that you need to provide is a cactus-specific growing medium ready made, or make your own mixing potting soil and coarse sand (two to one ratio).
Good drainage is the key to growing healthy cactus plants.
Watering is required when the first few inches of soil feel dry. Do not allow the root-ball to dry completely. They require minimal fertilizing during the summer.
In this grouping we see aloe, a succulent that likes bright indirect light and regular watering during warm months. The same upright look could be achieved by using a small agave.
Barrel cactus (Echinocactus, with heavy spine cover) and devil's tongue cactus (Ferocactus, with large spines) are easy enough for a beginner gardener.
They require once a week watering during the summer, and hardly any water during winter, their dormancy period. They don't require much fertilizing either. And they do bloom during spring and summer months if enough sunlight is provided.
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