Myths that have killed more than one hundred cacti
All indoor plants require care. Some colors need more attention, some less. The expression of unenlightened people that cacti grow on their own is annoying for experienced gardeners. The unpretentiousness of cacti is just a stereotype that dissipates with the appearance of this plant in the house.
Cacti must be looked after
Precisely because it is not customary to care for cacti, people are genuinely surprised when they find out that cacti can bloom. People are even more amazed that absolutely all cacti are capable of blooming, regardless of varieties. For those who start a plant just because it grows on its own, a cactus can live on the windowsill for years, but never bloom.
Green and spiky, sometimes nondescript plants begin to bloom from time to time. And the beauty of cactus flowers could be envied by many indoor plants. There is nothing super complicated in the content of the plant. Cactus is really one of the most non-whimsical house plants.
Cacti do not protect against computer radiation
There is another stereotype of a poor spiny flower, in which both elderly people and their children firmly believe. Cacti do not protect people from computer radiation. They put the poor plant in the corner of the table, forget about it, and after some time they come across a cactus half-dead or without any signs of life and throw it away.
This is very cruel and unfair, because the cactus does not die of radiation at all. They just forgot about him, he did not have enough light or air. If the computer radiates something, then it harms the plant as well as the owner. But the cactus is not to blame for anything. Who uses a computer, he must be irradiated.
Proper lighting and watering are important for cacti
Good lighting is necessary for such types of succulents as echinopsis, rebutia and hymnocalycium. Forest cacti such as Decembrist and ripsalis they do not need bright lighting. Mammillaria will be good on the windowsills.
Cactus needs to be watered correctly. In summer, he needs regular watering, like other indoor plants. When the soil dries, then you need to water. But in the winter, a monthly watering is sufficient for a cactus. In winter, the cactus is at rest, like most plants.
The heating battery is not like "hot countries"
Another floricultural mistake makes cacti suffer. The homeland of succulents is not a hot desert at all. They do not need to be moved to the battery during colds. The batteries are fully heated in winter, and this is a real hell for any nearby plants.
Cacti do not need so much attention as just a normal attitude towards it, as a plant. It is not a protector from radiation, nor does it grow by itself. This is a living, flowering, charming plant.