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How Do I Choose the Best Cactus with Flowers?

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Choose the best cactus with flowers by beginning with cacti that have relatively simple care requirements and that appeal to you. If possible, choose a cactus that can be easily integrated into an already existing garden. Moon cacti are popular because of their attractive visual appearance, though they may be short lived. Another cactus with flowers that you may wish to consider is the Christmas cactus, which comes from Brazil, and is known for its relative hardiness and its low hanging pink or red flowers. Cacti are succulent plants and tend to thrive in dry or arid areas with little rainfall, making cacti with flowers an agreeable option for gardeners who wish to grow flowers in these kinds of conditions.

The moon cactus is a cactus with flowers that may be a good choice because of how easy it is to care for. It is a kind of grafted plant, meaning that one cactus is grafted onto the top of another. The top cactus is drained of its chlorophyll and must use the bottom cactus to obtain nutrients. This kind of cactus requires four to six hours of sunlight per day and only needs to be watered when the soil is entirely dry.

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A Christmas cactus, which may also be referred to as a Thanksgiving cactus or holiday cactus, might also be a good choice for a cactus with flowers. There are actually two cultivars that might be given these names: the genuses Truncata and Buckleyi. Truncata can be recognized by their horizontally held flowers and yellow pollen, Buckleyi by their low hanging flowers and pink pollen. A member of the Buckleyi genus is the type that is more likely to be called a Christmas cactus. Look at both, and pick the kind that you like best.

Flowering cacti are ideal plants for places with dry weather. They are succulents, which means that they are adept at retaining water and remaining healthy in harsh soil conditions. Succulent plants can also be recognized by thick leaves and stems or branches that appear swollen. Regardless of which cactus with flowers you select, make sure that you have a good understanding of its maintenance requirements so that you can enjoy it for as long as possible.

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