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SUCCULENTS, CACTI, & RELATED PLANTS

GENERAL TIP FOR GROWING CACTI AND SUCCULENTS:

THESE PLANTS DON'T NEED ANY SUPPLEMENTAL FERTILIZING AND DOING SO COULD KILL THEM. They store water and minerals as an adaptation to dryness and heat therefore supplemental feeding creates toxic levels of nutrients to build up. By definition, a succulent plant is any plant that has the capability of storing water and nutrients allowing it to endure drought and heat for a sustained period of time. Just because succulents have these special adaptive features doesn't mean that they wouldn't appreciate regular periodic watering as long as they are growing in very well drained soils which are allowed to fully dry between watering.

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THE APPEAL OF SUCCULENTS - Diversity and Durability

One of the most fascinating and interesting groups of plants are the cacti and succulents. With global warming upon us and increasing concern about water smart gardening, these plants become more a attractive choice for your garden . This site couldn't even begin to touch the tip of the iceberg in relaying information on this topic but we can introduce you to this class of plants and the idea of using them effectively in your garden landscape. We encourage you to use the internet to find much more specific information on this subject for the particular plants you are interested in. Use the botanical names provided on this page for best results. Better yet, try a succulent garden for that full sun, hot, dry yard location.

SUCCULENT PLANT FAMILIES AND RELATED GENERA

Source: American Cacti and Succulent Society

Agavaceae - Agave, Yucca Aizoaceae - Lithops, Conophytum, Faucaria Aloaceae - Aloe, Gasteria, Haworthia Amaranthaceae - Arthraerva Amaryllidaceae - Boophane, Brunsvigia, Rauhia Anacardiaceae - Pachycormus, Operculicarya Anthericaceae - Chlorophytum Apiaceae - Steganotaenia Apocynaceae - Pachypodium, Adenium Araceae - Zamioculcas Araliaceae - Cussonia Asclepiadaceae - Stapeliads, Ceropegia Asparagaceae - Myrsiphyllum Asphodelaceae - Bulbine, Trachyandra Asteraceae - Othonna, Senecio Balsaminaceae - Impatiens Basellaceae - Andredera Begoniaceae - Begonia Bombacaceae - Pseudobombax, Adansonia, Ceiba Brassicaceae - Heliophila, Lepidium Bromeliaceae - Dyckia, Hechtia, Puya, Tillandsia Burseraceae - Bursera, Commiphora Cactaceae - All cacti genera (see list below) Campanulaceae - Brighamia Capparidaceae - Maerua Caricaceae - Carica, Jacarita Commelinaceae - Cyanotis, Tradescantia Convolvulaceae - Ipomoea, Turbina Crassulaceae - Crassula, Echeveria, Sedum, Sempervivum Cucurbitaceae - Ibervillea, Kedrostis, Momordica Didieriaceae - Didieria, Alluaudia Dioscoraceae - Dioscorea Doryanthaceae - Doryanthes Dracaenaceae - Cordyline, Dracaena, Sansevieria Ericaceae - Sphyrospermum Eriospermaceae - Eriospermum Euphorbiaceae - Euphorbia, Monadenium, Jatropha Fabaceae - Delonix, Erythrina, Dolichos Fouquieriaceae - Fouquieria Geraniaceae - Pelargonium, Sarcocaulon Gesneriaceae - Sinningia Hyacinthaceae - Albuca, Bowiea, Drimia, Lachenalia, Ledebouria, Ornithogalum Icacinaceae - Pyrenacantha Lamiaceae - Plectranthus, Tetradenia Loranthaceae - Tapinanthus Losaceae - Schismocarpus Melastomataceae - Medinilla Meliaceae - Entantophragma Menispermaceae - Stephania, Tinospora Moraceae - Dorstenia, Ficus Moringaceae - Moringa Nolanaceae - Nolana Nolinaceae - Beaucarnea, Calibanus, Nolina Orchidaceae - Eulophia, Oeceoclades Oxalidaceae - Oxalis Passifloraceae - Adenia Pedaliaceae - Pterodiscus, Sesamothamnus, Uncarina Phytolaccaceae - Phytolacca Piperaceae - Peperomia Portulacaceae - Avonia, Anacampseros, Ceraria, Lewisia, Portulacaria Rubiaceae - Hydnophytum, Myrmecodia Sapindaceae - Erythrophysa, Erythrophysopsis Saxifragaceae - Tetilla Sterculiaceae - Bracychiton, Sterculia Urticaceae - Laportea, Obetia Viscaceae - Viscum Vitaceae - Cissus, Cyphostemma Xanthorrhoeaceae – Xanthorrhoea

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COLD HARDY LANDSCAPE CACTI AND SUCCULENTS FOR CENTRAL TEXAS

Click on the title above for excellent advice and a list compiled by Jeff Pavlat of the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society.

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Enjoy creating artistic mini-cacti/succulent gardens. They display a wide variety of plants in a small space, are movable and make great centerpieces, and are fascinating. Decorate them with colorful stones & natural objects

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