Cactus Tree

Some Amazing Facts about the Cactus Tree

The cactus tree is one of the most interesting species of trees in the United States. For one thing, it grows in the desert where little else is able to survive in the way of plant life. The conditions that it is able to thrive in are harsh and primitive, yet it is still able to produce a beautiful bloom in spite of the fact that the area that it grows in receives little in the way of fertilization and water.

Even though their conditions are harsh, the cactus tree is not threatened or endangered. In fact, it prefers these conditions. There are a variety of cacti trees, from the Joshua tree to the saguaro, but the cactus tree is the largest of these. It's not just the size that makes it a tree however; it's more the wood-like bark that grows on it that gives it its tree-like qualities.

Despite the fact that the tree is able to survive in heat that can reach more than 100 ° F during the day, during the evening hours, it can also survive cold temperatures that can dip down below 25 ° F. Deserts might be hot in the daytime, but at night they can be exceedingly chilly. The cactus is able to live well in both conditions, which just makes it all the more interesting.

So how does it do this? By using its shallow root system it is able to absorb the small amounts of moisture that it gets. The spines on the tree are also able to absorb water, as are the folds in the trunk.

During the cold winter months, the cactus is able to live by turning the water that it has in its trunk into a gel. The gel more or less acts like an anti-freeze agent. Similar to what is found in aloe plants; it helps protect the tree against the cold weather. Even though it needs water in order to live, if it rains too much the cactus will actually die. It is unable to withstand snow, too.

For some parts of the year, the cactus will rest. Because their growth has stopped during this time, there isn't a lot that needs to be done to them. If you are trying to grow a cactus at home, then you might need to change its location during the summer and winter months. When the cactus is growing, it will need to be in a place that is bright, sunny, and warm. At nighttime, they also need a place that gets plenty of air and that stays a little cool.

Because the cactus isn't used to receiving a lot of water in its native home, it's important not to over-water it. In fact, it's much better to water it too little than to water it too much. If you over-water a cactus, it could die. That's just the way that it has adapted to its desert environment.

A cactus doesn't require a lot of care, either. The more you tend to pamper your cactus, the more it will be prone to pests and diseases. In the desert, the cactus is pretty much left to its own devices. It has learned to adapt to harsh environments and has learned to take care of itself on little resources. Although when grown at home it needs the right amount of soil, water, and temperatures, there is still very little you need to do for it in terms of care. One of the reasons that it has been able to survive so long is because it doesn't actually need a lot in order to survive.


 

 


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