Interiors for Seniors is more than capable of moving all your precious plants to your new location. However, your new location may not have adequate space for your plants. Perhaps, as you downsize your belongings, you decide you no longer want the responsibility of caring for those needy plants or maybe you merely do not have a “green thumb”. Then the question arises: Do you want to replace those needy plants with plants that need minimal care for survival? May I suggest succulents, air plants or cactus for your new home?
CARING FOR CACTUS AND SUCCULENTS
Cactus and Succulents are easy to care for. Many people think that cacti and succulents require a small amount of water every once in a while. The truth is cacti and succulents should be watered at least once a week. Some people water more often than this. During each watering, give the soil a good soaking, so that water runs out of the 'drainage holes' of the pots.”[i] Water again when they dry out.
Succulents are low-maintenance (don’t need a lot of watering). Think of where they grow naturally . . . in a hot, dry climate. They get their moisture from condensation in the air. If you have them in a window seal, especially in the summer, Succulents will require watering. Be sure not to pour the water over the plant leaves. Rather, fill your sink with 1 or 2 inches of water and let sit for about 2-5 minutes. Decrease watering in the winter, as they will take longer to dry out. [iii]
Air plants are unique as they don’t even need soil. You merely mist them with a water spray bottle or you can even put them in the shower then shake off the excess water.
Cacti can be cute and if you have a pet, they are naturally going to stay away from them because of their pricks. There are actually many benefits of having cactus in your home. [iv]
Cacti are available at Target, Walmart, Lowe’s and Home Depot (to name a few places).
Here are 4 health benefits to having cactus and succulent plants in your home[v]:
1. They help us breathe better:
a. Helps keep your air fresh and removes toxins by absorbing our respiratory waste (carbon dioxide – CO2) then
b. Converts [CO2 to] clean, life-empowering oxygen for us to breathe.
2. Indoor plants are known to improve our mood and concentration.
3. Agave is known as a natural antiseptic used to treat cuts and burns and Aloe Vera plants' gel alleviates sunburns, cuts, and bruises
4. Succulents and cacti are your best bet for adding a bit of greenery and visual interest to your space.
Whichever plant you choose, remember, plants can make you and your environment happy and healthy.
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[i] Gingras, Bill. Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose, www.csssj.org/welcome_visitors/basic_culture.html.
[ii] Jourdancole. “6 Easy-to-Grow Indoor Succulents.” Espoma, Jourdancole Https://Www.espoma.com/Wp-Content/Uploads/2018/11/Espoma-Organic-Logo.png, 31 Jan. 2019, www.espoma.com/gardening/indoor-gardening/6-easy-to-grow-indoor-succulents/.
[iii] “Keeping Your Succulents Alive.” Tula.House, tula.house/journal/succulent-tips/.
[iv] Admin. “Benefits of Keeping a Cactus in Your House.” NewsPatrolling.com, www.newspatrolling.com/benefits-of-keeping-a-cactus-in-your-house/.
[v] Concrete Unicorn. “4 Health Benefits of Having Succulents & Cacti In Your Home.” Concrete Unicorn, concreteunicorn.com/blogs/journal/4-health-benefits-of-having-succulents-cacti-in-your-home.