Cacti and succulents are all the rage right now, with their quirky shapes and starkly different appearances. You may think cacti only live in a Plant Hardiness Zones over 10, but cacti do grow north of the 49th. In fact, Southern Alberta has a great climate for succulents and cacti. Because of their bizarre shapes, succulents and cacti open a new dimension for gardeners.
What is a succulent?
Succulent. The words sounds plump, and full of life and joie de vivre, like it’s about to burst. In their healthiest state, succulents resemble their name: they are plump, full of deep green colour, and seem like their leaves are about to burst. That’s because they retain water, us human’s worst nightmare. Lucky for us, these plants look best when they have some ‘curves’.
Cacti are, without a doubt, some of the craziest looking succulents you’ll ever see. You can have a cute, pin-cushion cactus that will downright melt your heart, or a tight, winding cactus, resembling a coiled snake, ready to strike.
Southern Alberta is Ideal for Succulents
Cacti and succulents are very hardy. In fact, they’re so used to growing in adverse conditions, the fastest way to kill one is to overwater it. Put your succulent in the sun, and forget it’s there for a month and it will thrive.
Succulents and cacti love:
- high-temperature areas
- low humidity
- soil with good drainage
Because Southern Alberta possesses all of these climate qualities, it makes your home and yard ideal for cacti and succulents to grow and flourish. If you’re worried you’ll kill yet another plant (because you don’t have that ‘green thumb’ your aunt has), relax – succulents thrive under neglect. Just don’t overwater them.
Cacti and Succulents are Great Landscaping Options
Not only do cacti and succulents do well indoors, they love Southern Alberta summers. Place them in direct sunlight and your succulents will grow with little to no attention. Just be careful to put them out of the way of foot traffic!
A Few Hardy Succulent Options
You’ll want to grow most of your outdoor succulents in pots, so you can winter them indoors. However, some succulents will stay alive through our harsh, Canadian winters, including:
- Hen and Chicks
- Prickly Pear
Cacti and Succulents – A Plant Beginner’s Best Friend
Because they are so hardy, these plants are a great option for the beginner plant enthusiast. They are low-maintenance, requiring very little water, and little to no pruning at all.
They’re also the perfect way to add a little life, and a little colour to a room, or garden. Plus (as we can personally attest to), succulents are a great conversation piece, especially if your guests and loved ones share your enthusiasm for plants.
Infinity specializes in landscaping, and are a great resource when it comes to cacti and succulents. We can implement these hardy plants into your landscaping, or give you tips on the best ones to install.
Give Infinity a call today to talk about cacti, succulents, and how to get them into your landscaping.