While the harsh the desert may seem, there are broad types
of desert plants that survive in arid conditions.
These plants are hardy, living on little nourishment, a great
deal of light, and conditions that
would wither or kill many living things. However, just
because these plants can survive in a terrain many creatures do
not, desert plants do not necessarily make good house
However, those who manage to raise desert plants indoors get
the rewarding experience of nurturing a type of plant that many
people do not usually get to see up close. These plants can
serve as conversation starters, as well as adding a unique
atmosphere to your home.
If you are interested to grow desert plants in your house,
there are several key things that you need to remember. Plants
like the Apache Plume, the Arizona Poppy and the Blue Phacelia
require a great deal of light and heat. While they can survive
the cold spikes of the desert night, these plants need
conditions that resemble the desert in order to survive. If you
plan to grow any one of these flowers in your dwelling, you
should take care to give them a great deal of light and be wary
of over-watering them.
When you think of desert plants, the most common desert
plant to come to mind is the cactus. Wild cacti can grow to
several feet tall, and usually do not survive home life very
well. Many require special greenhouses with artificial lighting
to survive. Don't be discouraged, there are cactus species that
survive indoors for your pleasure. These include the
Acanthocalycium klimpelianum, the Acanthocalycium spiniflorum,
the Acanthocalycium thionanthum v. variiflorum and the
Acanthocalycium violaceum, as well as a few other varieties.
All of these cacti tend to be small, round in shape, and have
one or several blossoms at the peak of the plant.
Like desert wildflowers, cacti require tender care in order
to remain healthy. Unlike common belief, you cannot just forget
your cactus and water it infrequently. They need a certain
amount of exposure to the sun, and scheduled feeding. Without
this, your cacti will wither and be killed. Cacti are among
some of the most difficult plants to keep in a home, so you
will need to approach their care with caution.
By Making the decision to follow through with the
challenging work of owning a desert plant, you will be able to
enjoy your cacti and wildflowers for a long time to come.