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All About the Cactus


Everyone knows what a cactus is, but they probably don't know a lot about the history of a cactus and all the information as to the meaning of it. The word cactus was actually derived from the Greek word "Kaktos" and this word applied to a plant that they had which had spiny thistles on it. But, the cactus is also known by few other names, some people call it the "Mother-in-law's Cushion" and you can imagine where that came from. A cactus actually symbolizes endurance as it is a plant that can really stand up to the test of time and the elements.


There are so many different varieties of the cactus plant; you will see that depending on what is out there, you will have all kinds of different looks depending on the different species. You will see that there are some cacti that are extremely tall; there are other ones that are short, there ones that you can put in a little pot in your house. You have so many different choices, different colors, and different species that are going to look different and really have those distinct looks.


Generally, most people aren't giving away a cactus for a Valentine's Day gift, but they are using them as gifts. You will see a lot of people give a cactus to a friend or family member in a great little pot so that they can grow it. These plants symbolize endurance and to someone that is going through a hard time or even someone that is extremely determined, this is a great gift to give them with great meaning. Otherwise, most people that purchase a cactus are using it for a landscaping item, they are using it to jazz up the desert front yard that they have. Cacti are great for when you need to take up a lot of space in a yard and are in a climate where you just don't have a lot of choices.

Why do People Plant the Cactus?

With a cactus, they are easy to grow; you just have to make sure that you know what you are doing. There are all kinds of different options out there and you need to make sure that the one you are growing is going to do ok in the area that you are located in. The important thing to remember with any cactus plant is that they are going to need to be grown in an extremely dry climate or area. If you are growing it in your home, you need to know when to water it and when to leave it alone, all of this is crucial and will make a huge difference in if it lives. With a cactus you want to make sure that it is extremely well drained, so that if it does get too much water it is able to drain out of wherever you are growing it. Too much water will actually kill a plant and will ruin all the work you've put into it.



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