The previous article entitled Tidbits and Handy Hints for Cacti was published on March 23, 2013.
|Is this a succulent?|
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWSucculents can be confused with cacti. How so?
At the beginning of the last article sited above, this statement was made “A cactus will always be a succulent …” followed with a brief definition of a ‘succulent’; however, not every succulent is a cactus!
Now, isn’t that interesting?
Some succulents are ‘tougher’ than others!
Remember, all plants can store water to a degree. But, succulents excel at it!
Question: How could a change in weather affect a succulent?
Cold weather – especially frost - can cause the water in plant cells - like a succulent has - to freeze. The result is damage in the form of limp, misshaped or discolored tissue.
So, the natural make-up of a succulent could put it at risk in cold weather. That being said, make sure you ‘read the fine print’ on what care each plant requires if your plant will be spending time outdoors.
According to the ‘plant care page’ of one website, it put succulents in two basic groups – ‘hardy’ and ‘soft.’ Both came in a range of colors, shapes, and textures. In addition, they can easily multiply and are low maintenance. ‘Hardy’ ones are hardy to zone 5, unless noted differently. ‘Soft’ will die outside in frost.
Another website that sells succulents stated that all of their plants are hardy for zone 3 to 9, unless noted otherwise.
Don’t assume. Look up each plant individually to ensure it is the plant for you!
Here are a few succulents - not cacti - you may be familiar with:
- Aloes (most folks call Aloe Vera) are known for soothing burns and healing cuts.
- Agaves are used to make a sweetener and tequila.
- Yuccas resemble the top portion of a pineapple. Some grow at ground level and others tree-like with a trunk.
See the photo of several Yucca plants with the tall grass to the above right? The Yucca in the middle has fresh white blooms on it!
Now, look at a close-up of a Red Yucca bloom below.
|Red Yucca bloom!|
Notice the reddish pink flowers that bloom most of the summer?
The bottom of a Red Yucca has slender, fountain-like foliage that is pretty slow growing.
The photo at the beginning of this article is a Hoya “Rubra.”
Hoyas are succulents too! They enjoy climbing in tropical forest found in
Indonesia, China and . You may also recognize Hoyas by the common
name wax vine, wax plant or wax flower. India
More information on a Hoya “Rubra” may be found by visiting:
Hoya– Is a Keeper! published on October 12, 2012.
So, are you ready to test your knowledge of cacti and succulents? I found a great website with a fun little quiz to see if you can correctly identify 20 images.
Cactus or Succulent Quiz
Once you are there … locate and then click on the green link Begin Quiz! (Don't forget to come back here!)
CONFESSIONI started learning about cacti and succulents about 3 months ago … give or take. The 1st time I took the quiz, I got 3 wrong. So, I studied some more. The 2nd time I got them all right!
I just took the quiz a 3rd time. I got 7 wrong! What does that mean?
I guess I need to go back to school!
How did you do?
Regardless, I think we both deserve some ‘milk and cookies!’ Don’t you?