Variegated Prickly Pear Cactus | Opuntia cochenillifera variegata
Succulents are popular and well-loved houseplants, and this is due in part to their ease of care. The variety of succulents is immense, with over 60 plant families which contain succulents. This care guide covers light loving succulents which hail from arid regions of the world with low humidity, above freezing temperatures, and lower than average rainfall.
(Including Nursery Pot)
6" Nursery Pot: 14" H x 8" W
Succulents require bright sunlight to thrive. South or southwest exposures are best for growing succulents indoors. Harsh direct sunlight may burn your plant, however, most indoor exposures do not receive a level of sunlight which would be worrisome. Your succulent plant will likely do best in the brightest exposure you can provide for it.
Water and Soil
Succulents are very low maintenance plants regarding water, as their thickened leaves are essentially water reservoirs. It is much safer to err on the side of underwatering when it comes to succulents and cactus plants. Overwatering can happen very quickly, and will cause the plants cells to literally burst, leaving you with a soft and soggy plant. The signs of underwatering present a bit more slowly, and can easily be corrected. An underwatered succulent will become puckered and wrinkled looking, signaling that it is time for a drink. Using a well draining soil with lots of perlite, bark or charcoal will help ensure that your plants soil dries out sufficiently between waterings.
Temperature and Humidity
Most succulents will be happiest at room temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees F. As most of these plants hail from desert environments with dry air and low rainfall, these plants do not require high humidity, and will do best at standard household humidity levels.
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