The extreme heat of the desert allows few plants to thrive. Vast hills of sands and dry earth stretch for miles for little signs of life. One exception to this rule is the cactus plant. Cactus plants, with its succulent leaves and vibrant flowers, are a beautiful accent to the desert landscape. Cactus flowers are distinct in that they flourish under extreme weather conditions. The enduring nature of the cactus flower makes it ideal for a range of special occasions and household needs.
Cactus flowers add color to the desert. If you are seeking a plant to bring life to a space, choose a cactus plant in your favorite color. Cactus flowers come in a range of bold colors include orange, white, purple, blue red and gold. Flowers grow close to the surface of the cactus as they have little to no stems. An exception is the Christmas cactus which resembles a traditional flowering plant. Christmas cactus flowers can fade in color if temperatures are too warm or lighting is too bright.
Cactus flowers originate in arid climates where regular freezes are unlikely to occur. Cacti are harvested for their fruits in over twenty countries worldwide. In the United States, cactus flowers are found in both arid and semi arid environments with the majority occurring in Western states. Cactus flowers can reach towering heights in these regions. For example, the Saguaro Cactus Blossom can grow up to 50 feet and live up to 200 years.
Cactus flowers are commonly used a type of household decoration. You can create centerpieces, end table accents or a unique gift using a cactus flower. The cactus itself is used in a variety of ways. Some cacti plants are edible and used to complete recipes or as a wellness booster. Flowers are discarded when cactus plants are eaten. Prickly pears are a popular fruit born of the cactus plant.
If you are a forgetful gardener, the cactus flower is a great houseplant for you. Cactus flowers maintain their beauty with little maintenance. Ensure the cactus is nourished in order to see the best results in your flowers. Cactus plants need sunlight to live. Position the plant near a window to allow direct or indirect sunlight to reach the cactus plant. Keep plant in rooms where temperatures remain close to 45 and 55 degrees during its dormant season. Dormant seasons for cactus plants are Fall and Winter. The cool temperature causes the plant to harden and produce flowers. Water the plant occasionally for best results.
The cactus flower is a symbol of endurance or love. Cactus flowers can be used in a Southwestern themed wedding or anniversary celebration to commemorate the enduring love of the couple. Cactus flowers can often be found cheap and stored easily before a special occasion. Since cactus flowers can only be used while potted, they make a great party favor option for your guest.
Common decorative cactus flowers include Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus flowers. Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus plants can be gifted to friends or family members to create a festive centerpiece. Both cactus flower varieties are from the same species, but the Thanksgiving cactus flower blooms a few weeks earlier than the Christmas cactus giving it its name. Unlike traditional cactus flowers, Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus flowers are tropical plants and thrive in cooler temperatures. Keep the soil damp and the plant in a well lit area for best results.