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Desert Plants

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 plants.

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.