A saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantean) is a columnar cactus that is native to the Sonoran desert in Arizona, California and Mexico. It provides cavity nesting for a variety of birds, and can be used as a food source for humans and wild animals. Because sustained freezing temperatures will quickly kill a saguaro, some gardeners must bring their cacti indoors for the winter. Whether you are growing a saguaro for permanent indoor occupation, or simply saving the cactus from freezing temperatures, the proper care of the cactus is required to help it stay healthy and thriving.
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This widely used genus is prized for its evergreen foliage and its ability to withstand heavy pruning. The yellow-green flowers are insignificant. Buxus has been used in hedging, topiaries, and parterres for centuries.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsOpposite, glossy rounded to lance-shaped leathery leaves. Variegated forms exist.
CareGrow in any soil, preferably in part shade. Tolerates full sun if the soil is moist. Prune in late spring and summer; supply fertilizer after any heavy pruning to aid in regeneration.
PropagationRoot semi-ripe cutttings in summer. Graft in winter.
The foliage is pale green when young and gray-green at maturity. Flowers are cream colored, hemispheric pom-poms. Seeds germinate well without scarification.
The tree is used as a folk remedy for many ailments. Another common use is as an avenue tree, and sometimes it is used to shade coffee and tea. Saponins and tannins in the bark can be used for making soap and in tanning, respectively. Bee keepers like the species for the light-colored honey its nectar provides, and the tree hosts the lac insect.
Ficus benjamina, commonly known as weeping fig, benjamin fig or ficus tree, and often sold in stores as just ficus, is a species of flowering plant in the family Moraceae, native to Asia and Australia. It is the official tree of Bangkok.
- Keep Ficus benjamina plants in large planting pots filled with a soil-based potting mix. …
- Place pots indoors in bright indirect light, and outdoors in full sun to part shade.
- Let the soil around the shrub dry out between waterings.
The importance of A. halimus in the functioning of ecosystems is reflected in its promotion of soil biota, while it also acts as a food plant for mammals and arthropods. Its deep root system decreases soil erosion in arid zones, due to stabilisation of the soil. The protein-rich shoot material of A. halimus makes it an important fodder species for livestock, particularly sheep and goats. However, its low energy value means that it should be supplemented with carbohydrate-rich material, such as cereal straw. Potential new uses of this versatile plant species include the phytoremediation of soils contaminated by trace elements and the exploitation of its biomass as a source of renewable energy. Such applications, together with its continued use in low-intensity farming systems, should ensure that A. halimus remains a vital plant species in
Smooth, blue-green leaves with yellow-edged, red margins form a single, symmetrical rosette. Each leaf tip bears a short red spine. A comely choice for sunny, low water gardens in warm coastal or humid Mediterranean-like climates. Handsome in dry desert gardens as well, provided some shade and supplemental water. Evergreen.
Water a newly planted bougainvillea frequently to keep the soil moist. Once the plant is established, it blooms best if the soil is a little on the dry side. Water the plant until liquid drips through the drainage hole, then don’t water again until the potting mixture feels slightly dry. However, don’t allow the soil to become completely dry because a water-stressed plant won’t bloom. Water the plant immediately if it looks wilted.
A potted cactus will live and flower in the house if given enough light, place the plant near a bright lighted window, where it will receive light most of the day. On the patio is different place the cactus in a partly shaded area until it become accustom to the sun. Never bring the cactus home and place it in the bright sun, cactus sun burn just like people
Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the golden barrel cactus, golden ball or mother-in-law’s cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico
- Keep your cactus at low to moderate temperatures averaging between 50 and 75â„‰ during the day. …
- The golden barrel cactus grows best when given plenty of sunlight. …
- During warm months, you should water your golden barrel cactus on a regular basis whenever you start to notice the soil drying out.
Take your containerized cactus indoors when the nighttime temperature starts to dip below 60 degrees F.
Fill a larger planter approximately three-quarter full with a mixture of cactus soil and peat moss if starting the plant inside. The planter needs to have holes in its bottom to insure that the water will properly drain out of the planter bottom. You can purchase cactus soil at most nurseries or succulent stores. The peat moss will help the soil retain nutrients without preventing proper draining.
Water the saguaro every 10 to 14 days. The soil should dry out completely before you need to water again. Check the soil to 4 inches deep with your fingers. If you feel even a slight bit of moisture, wait a few days to water. Even though the Saguaro is indoors, you should still follow a seasonal watering schedule. When the nighttime temperatures dip below 60 degrees F, discontinue watering altogether until the nighttime temperatures stay above 60 degrees F.
Keep your saguaro in an indoor location that is brightly lit, but has low humidity.